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Bessie M. Birth
ABILENE -- Bessie M. Birth, 89, Abilene, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at her home.
Mrs. Birth was born Bessie M. Nelson on Jan. 10, 1911, at Kearney, Neb., and was a resident of Abilene for 41 years. She worked for Wagon Wheel Cafe for 16 years and retired from Brownies Bar. She was a member of Abilene Eagles Club.
Survivors include a stepson, Vincent of Aurora, Colo.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, Abilene, the Rev. Virgil Eubanks officiating. Burial will be in Abilene Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dickinson County, in care of the funeral home, 414 N.W. Third, Abilene 67410.
Visitation will be at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Flora L. Butschle
Flora L. Butschle, 74, Salina, died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2000, at her home.
Mrs. But-schle was born Flora L. Illingworth on Feb. 15, 1926, at Colorado Springs, Colo., and was a longtime resident of Salina. She worked in sales in the Montgomery Ward Catalog Department, Salina.
Survivors include her husband, William of the home; and a brother, Herbert Illingworth of Melbourne, Fla.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Roselawn Heights Memorial Chapel, 1920 E. Crawford, Salina 67401, the Rev. Glenn Davis officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Windsor Estates Activity Fund.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today and before the service Monday at Roselawn Heights Memorial Chapel, Salina, where the family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. today.

Max Conzelman
SCANDIA -- Max Conzelman, 78, Scandia, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at Cloud County Health Center, Concordia.
Mr. Conzelman was born Jan. 27, 1922, at Republic and was a lifetime resident of the Scandia and Republic area. He was a mail carrier for the post office and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Amana Lutheran Church, Masonic Lodge, Scandia, NCK Shrine Club and Isis Temple, Salina Consistory.
His wife, Bernice, died in 1992.
Survivors include two sons, Mack Hawley of Concordia and Terry Hawley of Granger, Texas; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Amana Lutheran Church, Scandia, the Rev. Carol Willadsen officiating. Burial will be in Scandia Lutheran Cemetery with Masonic rites by Scandia Masonic Lodge.
Memorials may be made to Shriners' Children's Hospital.
Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, 1104 20th, Belleville 66935.

Mildred M. Holt
LINDSBORG -- Mildred M. Holt, 99, Lindsborg, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at Bethany Home, Lindsborg.
Mrs. Holt was born Mildred M. Fagerstrom on July 19, 1901, at Salina and was a lifetime resident of the area. She was a retired social worker, working for Kansas State Division of Child Welfare. She also was a high school English and history teacher. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, WELCA and Rebekah Group of the church, Felicity Chapter 371 Order of the Eastern Star, Smoky Valley Retired Teachers Association and the former Round Table Club, all of Lindsborg. She had also served as president of Church Women and the former Round Table Club.
Her husband, Virgil W., died in 1978.
Survivors include a cousin, Bev Hess of McPherson.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bethany Home Chapel, Lindsborg, the Revs. Don Hawk and Charles Humphrey officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Lindsborg.
Memorials may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church or Bethany Home, both of Lindsborg, in care of Hays-Christians Funeral Home, 103 N. Washington, Lindsborg 67456.
There will be no visitation.

Emery Johnson
BELLEVILLE -- Emery Johnson, 88, Belleville, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at Republic County Hospital, Belleville.
Mr. Johnson was born Oct. 13, 1912, at Branfort Community, Washington County, and was a longtime resident of the area, moving to Belleville in September 2000. He farmed in the Branfort community most of his life and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Lutheran Men and Mission.
Survivors include his wife, Laurene of Belleville; a son, Carrol of Apple Valley, Calif.; a daughter, Karen Tapphorn of Goleta, Calif.; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Zion Lutheran Church, Clyde, the Rev. Nile Buch officiating. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, rural Washington County.
Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to noon Monday at Turner Funeral Home, 111 W. Parallel, Clifton 66937.

Milo J. "Mike" Klima
BELLEVILLE -- Milo J. "Mike" Klima, 83, Belleville, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at Republic County Hospital, Belleville.
Mr. Klima was born March 8, 1917, at Cuba and was a lifetime resident of the Cuba and Belleville area. He was owner and operator of Mike's Auto Body, Belleville, and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a life member of American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and a former member of Eagles, all of Belleville, a former member of Moose Lodge, Concordia, and a member of Republic County Czech Club, Cuba.
His wife, Arlene, died in 1988.
Survivors include a son, Curtis of Belleville; a special friend, Rhodonna Gleason of Belleville; and a grandson.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at United Methodist Church, Belleville, the Rev. Paul Morris officiating. Burial will be in Belleville Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Belleville High Banks Museum or Republic County Hospital.
Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. today at Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, 1104 20th, Belleville 66935.

Henry "Hank" Kohlman
WOODLAND, Wash. -- Henry "Hank" Kohlman, 89, Woodland, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, at Woodland Care Center.
Mr. Kohlman was born April 25, 1911, at Grant Township, rural Marion, Kan., and was a resident of Washington for about 30 years. He was a farmer, owned a meat market and worked as a logger, rancher and carpenter. He was a member of the Lutheran Church, Battleground.
Survivors include his wife, Clara S. of Woodland; a son, Jerry of Wenatchee; two daughters, Etta Williams of Woodland and Karen Rice of Fort Collins, Colo.; three sisters, Lola Hammer of Marion, Kan., Verlea Clancey of Wichita, Kan., and Pauline Pester of Warrensburg, Mo.; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Grant Township Cemetery, rural Marion.
There will be no visitation.
Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm, Marion, KS 66861, is handling arrangements.

Jonathan R. "Rex" Mayo
HAYS -- Jonathan R. "Rex" Mayo, 76, Hays, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at Hays Medical Center.
Mr. Mayo was born March 25, 1924, at Lemming, Texas, and was a former resident of Plainville, Pratt and Great Bend, moving to Hays in 1994. He was a retired drilling superintendent and tool pusher for Red Tiger Drilling. Mr. Mayo was a World War II veteran.
His first wife, Mary W. "Billy," died in 1993.
Survivors include his wife, Eulalia of the home; two sons, Stephen of Hays and Philip of Olathe; a brother, Charles Merrill of Phillipsburg; a sister, Marjorie Moore of Bourbonnais, Ill.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Brock's North Hill Chapel, Hays, the Rev. Paul Abell officiating. Burial will be at noon Monday in Natoma Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until the service Monday at the funeral home, 2509 Vine, Hays 67601.

Harold E. "Tom" Pickett
MONMOUTH, Ore. -- Harold E. "Tom" Pickett, 95, Monmouth, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000.
Mr. Pickett was born Sept. 13, 1905, at rural Lincoln County, Kan., and was a former resident of Hunter, Kan., moving to Oregon in 1936. He was a parts salesman for Caterpillar and John Deere Tractors and Farm Equipment and had attended First Church of the Nazarene, Salem, and First Baptist Church, Corvallis.
He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Collin.
Survivors include his wife, Frances M. of Monmouth; a daughter, Karen L. Cruise of Philomath; and seven grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service. Private entombment will be in Belcrest Mausoleum.
Memorials may be made to Willamette Valley Hospice or Focus on the Family.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, 605 E. Commercial S.E. at Oak, Salem, OR 97301.

Lucille M. Breault
VISTA, Calif. -- Lucille M. Breault, 87, Vista, died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2000, at Tri-City Medical Center, Oceanside.
Mrs. Breault was born Lucille M. Letourneau on Dec. 12, 1912, at Concordia, Kan., and was a resident of Vista for 13 years. She was a clerk at Coast Drug Store, Hermosa Beach, for 29 years and also was a machinist and a carpenter.
Survivors include a daughter, Regis Keefe of Vista; four grandchildren; two great-granchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Concordia, the Rev. Steven Heina officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery, Auroara, Kan.
An Altar Society rosary will be said at 5 p.m. and a vigil will be at 6 p.m. today at Chaput-Buoy Funeral Chapel, 325 W. Sixth, Concordia, KS 66901.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Visitation will be after 9 a.m. today at the funeral chapel.

Sylvia A. Kasl
BELLEVILLE -- Sylvia A. Kasl, 78, Belleville, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at Republic County Hospital, Belleville.
Mrs. Kasl was born Sylvia A. Bruns on Feb. 1, 1922, at Byron, Neb., and was a longtime Belleville resident. She was a homemaker and a retired licensed practical nurse and Republic County Hospital employee. She was a member of American Lutheran Church, Ophel Chapter 115 Order of Eastern Star and the American Legion Auxiliary, all of Belleville.
Her husband, Harold L., died in 1997.
Survivors include two sons, Edward of Phoenix and Robert of Belleville; a daughter, Mary Ann Kasl of Lawrence; a brother, Loren Bruns of Loveland, Colo.; and six grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. today at American Lutheran Church, the Rev. Carol Willadsen officiating. Burial will be in Belleville.
Memorials may be made to North Central Kansas Health Care Foundation of Belleville.
Bachelor-Faulkner-Dart-Surber Funeral Home, 1329 19th, Belleville 66935, is handling arrangements.

Clifford B. Kramer
McPHERSON -- Clifford B. Kramer, 86, McPherson, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, at Shiloh Manor, Canton.
Mr. Kramer was born Aug. 16, 1914, at Marquette and was a resident of McPherson since 1941, moving from Marquette. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II and a painter and interior finisher, having worked for his father and for Oscar Lysell and Everett Pearson, both of Lindsborg, as a partner with Clifford Dahlsten and for himself. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a lifetime member of American Legion Post 24, both of McPherson.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel M. of the home; a son Darrell of McPherson; a brother, Amos of Topeka; a sister, Carrie Owens of Springfield, Ohio; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Glidden-Ediger Chapel, McPherson, the Rev. Michael Fibranz officiating. Burial will be in McPherson Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, McPherson.
Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, 222 W. Euclid, McPherson 67460, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Martha Esther Meyer
PALMER -- Martha Esther Meyer, 75, Palmer, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, at Clay County Medical Center, Clay Center.
Mrs. Meyer was born Martha Esther Haupt on Dec. 23, 1924, at Lincoln, Neb. She was a parochial schoolteacher and attended St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer.
Survivors include her husband, Edwin of Palmer; two sons, Bruce of Palmer and Dudley of Overland Park; three sisters, Lydia Flohr of Dalton, Neb., Emma Mathewson of Sterling, Colo., and Dena Rose Staible of Denver; two brothers, Ed Haupt and Jerry Haupt, both of Sidney, Neb.; and seven grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmer, the Rev. Gene Holtorf officiating. Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Palmer.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Ward Funeral Home, 115 W. Second, Washington 66968.

Betty Ruth Nelson
Betty Ruth Nelson, 75, Salina, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, at Bethany Home, Lindsborg.
Mrs. Nelson was born Betty Ruth Megli on Oct. 22, 1925, at Glen Elder and was a resident of Salina for many years. She was a homemaker and had worked as a saleswoman at Stiefel Department Store and Plainsman Supply, both of Salina. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Saline Ladies Elks, WELCA and Church Ladies Altar Guild.
Her husband, Raymond A., died in 1983.
Survivors include two sons, Kirk and Craig, both of Salina; two daughters, Debra Hansen of Forsyth, Ill., and Gail Frazier of Salina; three brothers, Harvey Megli of Kingston, Okla., Ernest Megli of Wichita and Robert Megli of Hutchinson; and eight grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Salina, the Revs. Loren Mai and Don Hawk officiating. Burial will be in Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church, Bethany Home or Salina Hospice.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401.

Joseph J. Srna
MINNEAPOLIS -- Joseph J. Srna, 90, Minneapolis, died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2000, at Good Samaritan Center, Minneapolis.
Mr. Srna was born Dec. 7, 1909, at 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 was also 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, 2000.
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; two stepgrandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 255 S. Seventh, Salina, the Rev. Loren Mai officiating. Burial will be in Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina.
Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Salina, or Minneapolis Good Samaritan Center.
Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401, and before the service Tuesday at the church.

Mildred Carpenter Tubbs
COLBY -- Mildred Carpenter Tubbs, 91, Colby, died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2000, at Lantern Park Manor, Colby.
Mrs. Tubbs was born Mildred Kenefake on Jan. 26, 1909, at Robinson, Ill., and was a resident of Colby most of her life. She was a nurse's aide.
Survivors include a son, Charlie of Leoti; five daughters, Wilma Anderson, Norma Smith and Annie Brooks, all of Colby, Twila Berry of Trenton, Neb., and Laudine Weber of Atwood; two sisters, Dorothy Foix of Sioux City, Iowa, and Evelyn Matson of Ashtubula, Ohio; 19 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Colby, the Rev. Galen Long officiating. Burial will be in Beulah Cemetery.
A vigil-rosary will be at 7 p.m. today at Harrison Chapel, 190 S. Franklin, Colby 67701.
Memorials may be made to Citizens Medical Center, Colby, in care of any Colby bank or the funeral chapel.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral chapel.


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