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Ruby G. Albers
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Ruby G. Albers, 75, Colorado Springs, died Wednesday, March 21, 2001, at Penrose Hospital, Colorado Springs.
Mrs. Albers was born Jan. 7, 1926, at Schoenchen, Kan., and was a former longtime resident of Grinnell, Kan., moving to Quinter, Kan., in 1985 and to Colorado Springs in 1994. She was a homemaker.
Her husband, Alvin, died in 1989.
Survivors include three sons, Larry of Weir, Kan., Fred of Grinnell and Robert of Wichita, Kan.; three daughters, Patricia Oelke of Topeka, Kan., Shirley Sharma of Wichita and Eileen Duysen of Colorado Springs; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
The memorial service was Saturday at Harrison Chapel, Colby. Burial was in Beulah Cemetery, Colby.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society in care of the funeral chapel, Box 634, Colby 67701.

Evan Ward Czirr
SUPERIOR, Neb. -- Evan Ward Czirr, 57, Superior, died Saturday, March 24, 2001, at Bergen Mercy Hospital, Omaha.
Mr. Czirr was born Aug. 3, 1943, at Hardy. He had served in the National Guard, owned and operated Evan Czirr Construction and was a partner in Smith-Czirr Construction Co.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly of Superior; two daughters, Paula Czirr of Omaha and Genelle Wissing of Hastings; a brother, Alan of Superior; and a sister, Irene Dunbar of Hastings.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Union Church, Hardy, the Rev. Danny Jackson officiating. Burial will be in Rosemound Cemetery, rural Hardy.
A memorial has been established.
Williams Funeral Home, 814 Idaho, Superior, NE 68978, is handling arrangements.

Myra J. DeWitt
McPHERSON -- Myra J. DeWitt, 81, McPherson, died Friday, March 23, 2001, at Memorial Hospital, McPherson.
Miss DeWitt was born Jan. 6, 1920, at rural Ellsworth County and was a resident of McPherson since 1992, moving from Wilson. She worked in a dry cleaning shop and was a CMA at a nursing home. She was a member of Hypatia Club of Wilson and a senior companion at Wilson Nursing Home.
Survivors include three sisters, Marian Cunningham, Ida Gertrude Small and Jane Smith, all of McPherson.
There will be no service. Private inurnment will be at a later date in Wilson Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Wilson Nursing Home in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 Chestnut, McPherson 67460.
There will be no visitation.
More information is available at www.stockhamfamily.com

Joseph Allison Diehl
JUNCTION CITY -- Joseph Allison Diehl, 94, Junction City, died Saturday, March 24, 2001, at Valley View Professional Care Center, Junction City.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, Junction City, the Rev. Bert Buurman officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Enterprise.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 804 N. Jefferson, Junction City 66441.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Johnson Funeral Home, 203 N. Washington, Junction City 66441.

Edward D. Goosen
COLBY -- Edward D. Goosen, 91, Colby, died Sunday, March 25, 2001, at Citizens Medical Center, Colby.
Harrison Chapel, Colby, is handling arrangements.

Sheryl CoLeen Jones
WICHITA -- Sheryl CoLeen Jones, 44, Wichita, died Monday, March 26, 2001, at her home.
Hillsboro Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Lawrence Ellwood Kern
TOPEKA -- Lawrence Ellwood Kern, 82, Topeka, died Friday, March 23, 2001.
Mr. Kern was born June 26, 1918, at rural Cedar. He had farmed near Cedar and was a farmer-stockman at rural Smith Center until 1991. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, receiving the Bronze Star. He was a former member of First Christian Church, Smith Center, and a member of First Christian Church, Topeka. He also was a member of several Barbershop Quartets.
Survivors include his wife, Gertrude of Topeka; three sons, Douglas Alden of Denton, Texas, William Earl of Wamego and Gregory Lynn of Manhattan, Ill.; a daughter, Donna Marie Tibbetts of Berryton; seven grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church, Smith Center.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lawrence and Gertrude Kern Scholarship Fund at Kansas State University or Heifer Project in care of First Christian Church, Topeka.
Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, Topeka, is handling arrangements.

Otto F. Kobler
HILL CITY -- Otto F. Kobler, 92, Hill City, died Saturday, March 24, 2001, at Dawson Place Nursing Home, Hill City.
Mr. Kobler was born Aug. 30, 1908, at rural Penokee. He was a farmer-stockman and a member of Hill City United Methodist Church, Penokee School Board, Graham County Hospital Board, Graham County ASCS Committee and Consolidated State Bank Board of Directors. He also was a member of Masonic Lodge for more than 65 years and was a charter member of BPOE Lodge 1995.
Survivors include his wife, Helen of Hill City; a son, Jerry of Hill City; a daughter, Ann Solomon of Livermore, Calif.; a brother, Raymond of Hays; a sister, Marie Steeples of Hays; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hill City United Methodist Church, the Rev. Mehl Cruit officiating. Private family burial will be in Penokee Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hill City United Methodist Church, Graham County Hospital or the donor's choice.
There will be no visitation.
Spencer-Stinemetz Chapel of Hill City, 522 N. Pomeroy, Hill City 67642, is handling arrangements.

Vera L. Nuss
WILSON -- Vera L. Nuss, 88, Wilson, died Monday, March 26, 2001, at Wilson Nursing Center.
Foster Mortuary, Wilson, is handling arrangements.

Gertrude E. Platz
LEONARDVILLE -- Gertrude E. Platz, 90, Leonardville, died Sunday, March 25, 2001, at her home.
Mrs. Platz was born Gertrude E. Hoerman on June 22, 1910, at rural Leonardville and was a former resident of Abilene and Hutchinson. She was a homemaker and a registered nurse, serving as student health nurse at Hutchinson Community College until retiring in 1979. She was a member of Leonardville United Methodist Church.
Her husband, Charles R., died in 1988.
Survivors include two sons, Charles E. of Iowa City, Iowa, and Robert D. of Frederick, Md.; a sister, Gladys Llewelyn of Leonardville; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Leonardville United Methodist Church, the Revs. Harlan Nonhof and Darlene Nonhof officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Holton Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Leonardville United Methodist Church or Homecare Hospice of Manhattan.
Visitation will be anytime today at Holmes-Pfeifley Funeral Home, 303 S. Broadway, Riley 66531, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today.

Alfred R. Russell
CHESTER , Neb.-- Alfred R. Russell, 52, Chester, died Friday, March 23, 2001, at Hardy.
Mr. Russell was born May 28, 1948, at Mays Landing, N.J., and was a former resident of Fort Worth, Texas, Eugene, Ore., Rockvale, Tenn., and Superior. He was a member of Eagles Lodge 3101, Superior.
Survivors include a daughter, Dee Anne Porter of Nelson; a son, Keith of Harrisburg, Mo.; five sisters, Debbie Dutty of Paradise, Calif., Julia Barber of Dexter, Ore., Joyce Klopp of Eugene, Ore., Brenda Overall of Richmond, Calif., and Pattie Williams of Tucson, Ariz.; his stepmother, Esther Fontecchio of Fort Worth; a stepbrother, Patrick Fontecchio, address not listed; three stepsisters, Elizabeth Fontecchio, Louisa Fontecchio and Alicia Hill, all of Fort Worth; and two grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Superior, the Rev. John Copenhaver officiating.
Memorials may be made in care of the family, Route 2, Box 156B, Nelson, NE 68961.
The guest book may be signed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 740 N. Commercial, Superior, NE 68978.

Melvin Anthony Schumacher
OVERLAND PARK -- Melvin Anthony Schumacher, 76, Overland Park, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, at Villa St. Joseph Nursing Center, Overland Park.
Mr. Schumacher was born Dec. 7, 1924, at Victoria and was a resident of Salina for 40 years, moving from Victoria. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, owned an International Harvester dealership at Selden and Schumacher Furniture Store, Victoria. He also worked for Federal Mogul Manufacturing and Beech Aircraft. He was a member of St. Mary Queen of the Universe Catholic Church, Salina, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include three daughters, Kathleen White of Overland Park, Karen Mize of Salina and Karla Raupp of Leawood; two sons, Ronald of Fairway and Dr. Richard of Evansville, Ind.; two brothers, Norman and Leland, both of Victoria; two sisters, Jeannette Younger of Victoria and Paula Palermo of Kansas City, Mo.; and nine grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary Queen of the Universe Catholic Church, 230 E. Cloud, Salina, the Most Rev. George K. Fitzsimons officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Salina.
A vigil and rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. today at Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary.

Gail Harry Shoemaker
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- Gail Harry Shoemaker, 74, Big Rapids, died Wednesday, March 21, 2001, at Medilodge, Howell.
Mr. Shoemaker was born July 22, 1926, at Glen Elder, Kan., and was a former resident of Glen Elder and Aberdeen, S.D. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a college professor at Ferris State University, Big Rapids.
Survivors include his wife, Carla JaNean of the home; two sons, Randy of Wichita, Kan., and Brad of Ludington; two daugthers, Sue Abraham of Brighton, Mich., and Jill Rolstone of Kalamazoo; a sister, Carol Porter of Beloit, Kan.; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
The service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Glenwood Cemetery, Glen Elder, the Rev. Elwin Bergstaesser officiating.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at McDonald Funeral Home, 910 N. Campbell, Beloit 67420.

Ronald Jesse Snyder
TOPEKA -- Ronald Jesse Snyder, 41, Topeka, died Sunday, March 25, 2001, at St. Lukes Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.
Mr. Snyder was born Dec. 2, 1959, and was a resident of Topeka most of his life. He worked for Hallmark Cards, Topeka, for more than 25 years and was a member of YMCA, Topeka.
Survivors include his companion, Lynda Martin of Topeka; his mother, Doris J. Snyder of Topeka; his father, James F. of Topeka; and a sister, Kim T. Crook-Snyder of Topeka.
The service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Mount Hope Mausoleum Chapel, 4700 S.W. 17th, Topeka.
Memorials may be made to National Kidney Foundation of Kansas and Western Missouri, 1900 W. Fourth, Suite 107, Westwood 66205.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Parker-Price Mortuary, 245 N.W. Independence, Topeka 66608, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Darrell W. Steel
ELLIS -- Darrell W. Steel, 88, Ellis, died Sunday, March 25, 2001, at Salina Regional Health Center.
Mr. Steel was a resident of Ellis most of his life and owned and operated Steel Barber Shop, Ellis. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and Christ Lutheran Church, Ellis.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie of Ellis; a daughter, Sally Keyte of Salina; and two grandchildren.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Mount Hope Cemetery, Ellis.
A prayer service will be at 7 p.m. today at Wasinger Funeral Home, 400 E. 17th, Ellis 67637, the Rev. Lyle Knuth officiating.
Memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, Ellis.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Adelia Lavonne Strand
Adelia Lavonne Strand, 95, Salina, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, at Beverly Health Care, Abilene.
Mrs. Strand was born Adelia Lavonne Walker on Feb. 20, 1906, at WaKeeney and was a resident of Salina since 1926, moving from Manhattan. She was a social worker for the Saline County Welfare Office for 25 years and was a 75-year member of First Presbyterian Church, Salina. She also was a member of Lady Elks, Retired Social Workers, Salina Regional Health Care Auxiliary and Sewing Circle. She was an elder and moderator for Presbyterian Women's Circle 1, organized the first Brownie Troop in Salina and had worked for the driver's license office and Saline County Treasurer's Office before becoming a social worker.
Her husband, Paul S., died in 1965.
Survivors include a son, Paul W. of Leavenworth; a daughter, Dannette E. Schmidt of Salina; two sisters, Diantha Weber of Memphis, Tenn., and Vera Anderson of Hilton Head Island, S.C.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, 308 S. Eighth, Salina, the Rev. Thomas P. Reid officiating. Private burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park, Salina.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Geisendorf-Rush Smith Funeral Home, 401 W. Iron, Salina 67401.

Edward A. Strasser
WHITEWATER -- Edward A. Strasser, 100, Whitewater, died Monday, March 26, 2001, at Wheat State Manor Nursing Home, Whitewater.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Potwin Christian Church.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8:30 p.m. today at Lamb-Nutter Mortuary, 120 S. Main, Whitewater 67154, where the family will receive friends from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. today.

Gary Ellis Willis
Gary Ellis Willis, 60, Salina, died Friday, March 23, 2001, at his home.
Mr. Willis was born Aug. 26, 1940, at Fort Riley and was a resident of Salina since 1998, moving from Las Vegas. He was an Army LPN, receiving the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, retiring in 1971. He later was a security guard at the Golden Nugget, Las Vegas, for 15 years and was a former member of First Presbyterian Church, Solomon.
Survivors include a daughter, Dina Kalmbach of Redding, Calif.; his mother, Rachel Willis of Solomon; a brother, Rex of Abilene; and a sister, Judith Brown of New Cambria.
The service will be private.
Memorials may be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1432.
There will be no visitation.
The body was cremated.
Geisendorf-Rush Smith Funeral Home, 401 W. Iron, Salina 67401, is handling arrangements.

LaRie Youngdahl
LaRie Youngdahl, 80, Salina, died Friday, March 23, 2001, at her home.
Mrs. Youngdahl was born LaRie Tucker on Dec. 23, 1920, at Culver and was a lifetime resident of the Culver and Salina area. She owned and operated Tucker Grocery Store and Save More Salvage, both of Salina, with her husband and later worked as matron of both Salina South Junior High and Salina South High School, serving as the first matron of South High School. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and St. John's Altar Guild, where she helped with the St. John's Sunday Bulletin and monthly newsletter. She also was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, American Business Women, Native Daughters, Saline County Geneological Society, Eastern Star, Clover Leaf 4-H Club and Mustard Seed 4-H Club, where she served as a sewing leader.
Her husband, Francis M., died in 1988.
Survivors include a son, Corkie of Salina; a daughter, Shirley Miller of Salina; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at St. John's Lutheran Church, Salina, the Rev. Charles Aase officiating. Burial will be in Culver Union Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, Salina.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the service today at Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401.


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