Miscellaneous Ellsworth County, Kansas Obituaries


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Manuel "Lightening" Diaz (1925-2002) 
KANOPOLIS Manuel "Lightening" Diaz, 76, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002, at the Good Samaritan Retirement Village, Ellsworth. Mr. Diaz was born Sept. 2, 1925, to Ysidro and Jovita Mesa Diaz. He was a lifetime resident of Kanopolis, where he retired from the Independent Salt Co. after 35 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion and the St. Ignatius Catholic Church, both at Kanopolis, and the Russell VFW. Survivors include a son, James of Las Vegas, Nev.; a sister, Georgia Wilkinson of Kanopolis; two brothers, Tiodore and Eugene, both of Kanopolis; two grandchildren; seven nieces; and three nephews. He was preceded in death by an infant child, Anthony, in 1951. The funeral was Monday at the St. Ignatius Church, the Rev. Daniel Scheetz officiating. Burial was in the Kanopolis Cemetery with military rites. Memorials may be made to the American Legion of Kanopolis, the church or the Good Samaritan Retirement Village. Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, is in charge of arrangements. 

Kristine Wolff Gustitus (1956-2002) 
KANOPOLIS Kristine Wolff Gustitus, 45, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, at her home in Kanopolis. Mrs. Gustitus was born Dec. 31, 1956, in Columbus, Ohio, to LeRoy and Joyce Glade Wolff. She moved from San Diego, Calif. to Kanopolis in 1987. She was a registered nurse at Salina Regional Medical Center and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where she served in the nursing corps. She married Glenn Gustitus Feb. 18, 1978, in Las Vegas, Nev. He survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Julia Joyce Gustitus of Salina; a son, Glenn Allan Gustitus Jr. of Kanopolis; her parents of Indian Rocks Beach, Fla.; a sister, Dr. Joy Wolff-Nordone of Dunedin, Fla.; and a grandson, Braden Allan Taylor Gustitus of Kanopolis. The memorial service is today (Thursday) at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 308 S. Eighth Street, Salina, the Rev. Harry Tyson officiating. Memorials may be made to the Mowery Clinic Cancer Center, Salina. Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, is in charge of arrangements. 

Joyce Eleanor Hollenbeck (1921-2002) 
SALINA Joyce Eleanor Hollenbeck, 80, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002, Mrs. Hollenbeck was born Joyce Eleanor Andrea on March 18, 1921, at Holyrood. She was a receptionist for Kennedy and Coe. She was preceded in death by her husband, John E., in 1988, and a son, Jay Dee, in 1956. Survivors include a son, Jerry of Tulsa, Okla.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. The body was cremated. Geisendorf-Rush Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Helen I. Holmes (1918-2002) 
CHASE Helen I. Holmes, 83, Chase, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, at her home in Chase. Mrs. Holmes was born May 29, 1918, at Chapman to Tom and Annetta Anderson Prosser. She had lived in Chase since 1948, where she was a retired city clerk and homemaker. She also was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a member of Victory Church. She married William²Neal² Holmes May 12, 1944, at Wichita. He died in 2001. Survivors include a daughter, JoAnn Strasters of Aransas Pass, Texas; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two infant sisters and a brother, Russel Prosser. The graveside service is 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at Lyons Municipal Cemetery, Lyons, the Rev. Larry Westherman officiating. Burial is in Lyons Municipal Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Victory Church in care of Sillin Funeral Home, Lyons. 

David Miller (1979-2002) 
WILSON David Miller, 22, Wilson, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, at Wilson. Miller was born Dec. 10, 1979, at Russell, the son of Gary and Joyce Kraus. A senior at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Miller worked for College Pro-paint and the KSU Alumni Association both of Manhattan and Kansas Wildlife and Parks in Wilson. Survivors include his parents and a sister, Alicia Miller. Grandparents are Gerald and Alyce Klema of Wilson and Wilbert and Bernadine Kraus. A family graveside service is today (Thursday) at 10 a.m. at the Wilson City Cemetery, followed by an 11 a.m. memorial service at the First Baptist Church in Wilson. Visitation was from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 8 a.m. until service time today at Foster Mortuary, Wilson Memorials may be made to the Excelsior Lutheran Church and KSU¹s Theta Xi Fraternity, both in care of Foster Mortuary. 

Melvin P. Rogers (1911-2001) 
MESA, Ariz. Melvin P. Rogers, 90, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001 at Mesa, Ariz. Mr. Rogers was born March 27, 1911, at Glasco, Kan., to Ad and Leola Eberhardt Rogers. He was a 1929 graduate of Glasco High School and a 1935 graduate of Kansas State University. Following military service, he lived in Abilene, Kan., and Ellsworth, Kan., where he worked on government soil erosion projects. He retired in Ellsworth in 1966 and moved to Mesa. He married Ruby L. Swearingen April 5, 1936. She died in 1992. Survivors include two daughters, Darlene Pearson of Hays and Norma Gupton of Arlington, Texas; a son, Ronald M. Rogers of Monument, Colo.; three brothers, Ross Rogers of Tulsa, Okla., Max Rogers of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Norman Rogers of Abilene, Kan.; a sister, Lila Weber of Fort Worth, Texas; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. A memorial service was conducted Dec. 19 in Mesa. Interment services were Saturday at the Dean Funeral Home, Glasco, Norman Rogers officiating. Burial was in Glasco Cemetery with military graveside rites. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or the Disabled Veterans of America. 

Myrtle "Pauline" Beck (1919-2002) 
EUDORA < Myrtle "Pauline" Beck, 82, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Beck was born Nov. 25, 1919, in Dover to Melville and Minnie Wemple Dill. She lived for 44 years in Holyrood before moving to Eudora two years ago. She attended the Eudora Assembly of God Church. She married Oscar I. Beck Feb. 1, 1942, in Lawrence. He survives. Other survivors include a daughter, JoAnn Seitz of Lawrence; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. The funeral was Monday at the Eudora Assembly of God Church. Inurnment will be at a later date in Holyrood. Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence is in charge of arrangements.

Anne Doolittle (1912-2002) 
HAWKINS, Texas < Anne Marie Doolittle, 89, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, at Quitman, Texas. Mrs. Doolittle was born March 21, 1912, in Czechoslovakia to Joseph Vocasek and the former Mary Kryslova. She was reared in Wilson, Kan. She later moved to Montclair, N.J. and then to Hancock, N.Y., where she was first a beautician and later owned several restaurants. She later lived in Florida before moving to Hawkins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton H. Doolittle; a son, Victor; and two brothers, Jerry C. Krysc and Joe E. Vocasek. Survivors are a daughter, Judy Thomas of Big Sandy, Texas; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The funeral was Jan. 19 in the Beaty Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. James Cook officiating. 

Edna Frances Galloway (1908-2002) 
SALINA < Edna Frances Galloway, 93, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002, at Salina Regional Medical Center, Penn Campus. Mrs. Galloway was born April 20, 1908, in Ellsworth County to William Wesley and Nellie Frances Brown Shoemaker. She lived in Ellsworth for many years before moving to Salina in 1949. She worked in retail sales and as a junior high school lunchroom aide in Salina, where she also was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She married Glenn Emerson Galloway Dec. 8, 1925, in Ellsworth. He died in 1983. Survivors include a daughter, Gwen D. Nichols of North Platte, Neb.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; and a special friend, Frank Thompson. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Harry, John and Earl Shoemaker; and three sisters, Emma Green, Clara Walker and Mildred Boston. The graveside service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Ellsworth Cemetery, Pastor Loren Marler officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. today at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Salina. 

Adolph "Ott" Gottschalk (1917-2002) 
HAYS < Adolph "Ott" Gottschalk, 84, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002, at the Hays Good Samaritan Center. Mr. Gottschalk was born April 18, 1917, on the family farm in Rush County to William and Anna Munsch Gottschalk. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 4166 of Schoenchen and the Bishop Cunningham Assembly Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus of Hays. He also served on the school board and the Parish Council of the St. Anthony's Church, where he also was a youth teacher. He married Irene Stecklein in 1939. She died in 1941. He then married Jane Befort March 2, 1943, at Schoenchen. She survives. Other survivors are five sons, James William of Ellsworth, Robert of Westminster, Colo., Timothy of Belleville, Randy of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Loren of Lenexa; four daughters, Gladys Herrman of Emporia, Karen Larkin of Monett, Mo., Michelle Sander of Tribune and Dee Ann Garrison of Hays; a sister, Rose Wasinger of Schoenchen; 28 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Matthew Urban; four brothers, Peter, Wendelin, Marcus and Vincent; seven sisters, Regina Bieker, Mary Pfannenstein, Amelia Gottschalk, Bernadine Unrein, Bertha Schmedemann, Martina Roth and Louise Hoerner. The funeral was Friday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Hays, the Rev. David Metz officiating. Burial was in the St. Anthony¹s Cemetery, Schoenchen. Memorials have been established in his name at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, the Mary Elizabeth Maternity Home and the St. Anthony¹s Cemetery Association. Hays Memorial Chapel, Inc., was in charge of arrangements. 

Rosaline W. Grosnick (1904-2002) 
Rosaline W. Grosnick, 97, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, at the Clay County Medical Center, Clay Center. Mrs. Grosnick was born April 29, 1904, in Ellsworth County to Reinhold Julius Eilrich and the former Bertha Emma Peterman. She lived most of her life near Ellsworth, where she was a homemaker and nurse's aide for 17 years for the Good Samaritan Retirement Center. She was a member of the St. Paul¹s Lutheran Church, rural Ellsworth, and a charter member of the St. Paul¹s Ladies Aide. She married George Walter Martin Grosnick Aug. 30, 1925, at Ellsworth. He died in 1986. She also was preceded in death by a son, Roland, in 1965; a sisters, Elizabeth Cleverdon in 1982; and brothers Alfred Eilrich in 1964 and Martin Eilrich in 1971. Survivors include a daughter, Marian McKain of Miltonvale; a brother, Wilbert Eilrich of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three sisters, Hilda Schroeder and Mildred Burmeister, both of Ellsworth; and Verna Miller of Bremen, Ind.; four grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. The funeral was Saturday at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church, the Rev. Donald Ehrke officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church or to Miltonvale Manor. Parsons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Alfred Jay Sanders (1931-2002) 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. < Alfred Jay Sanders, 70, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at the Union Printers Home, Colorado Springs. Mr. Sanders was born May 1, 1931, in rural Kanopolis to Oscar Sanders and the former Roletta Brown. He was a retired meat cutter who served with the U.S. Army in Korea. Survivors include a son, Doug Massingill of Colorado Springs; a twin brother, Jack Sanders of Salina; a sisters, Elizabeth Sauers of Kanopolis; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Jane Peterson. The memorial service was Jan. 12 at the Union Printers Home. Shrine of Remembrance Funeral Home, Colorado Springs, was in charge of arrangements. 

Fred Edgar Schwein (1926-2002) 
TOPEKA < Fred Edgar "Fred Jr." Schwein, 75, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, at Aldersgate Village, rural Shawnee County. Mr. Schwein was born Dec. 19, 1926, at WaKeeney to Fredrick and Natalia Mai Schwein. He was a bread salesman for Rainbo Bread Co. and a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, American Legion Moore Post 197 and Fraternal order of Eagles 3774, all at WaKeeney. He also was in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Bernadine "Dean" Lemmons March 9, 1947, at WaKeeney. She died in August of 2000. Survivors include two sons, Fred Lee Schwien of Topeka and Mark A. Schwien of Springfield, Mo.; a brother, Carroll of Hamilton, Ohio; a sister, Beverly Connally of Ellsworth; and six children. The funeral was Monday at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, WaKeeney, Pastor Randy Gibbs officiating, with military rites by the American Legion Post. Burial was in WaKeeney City Cemetery. Memorials are unknown at this time, send in care of Schmitt Funeral Home, WaKeeney. 

Dorothea K. Tews (1911-2001) 
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. < Dorothea K. Tews, 90, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001. Mrs. Tews was born Aug. 16, 1911, in Nidermonjou, Russia, the daughter of Christian and Sophia (Heldt) Ulrich. She moved to Wilson in September of 1912 and was educated there in the local schools. She moved to Kenosha, Wisc. in 1940. She married Sigmund Tews on Feb. 15, 1947. He died Aug. 29, 1998. Mrs. Tews was employed at J.J. Newberry Abstract and later American Motors Corporation, retiring in 1946. She was a member of Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church. She was also a former resident of Luray, having been an employee of the telephone company and of Ulrich Motor Company. Surviving her are two daughters, Judith Geiselhart, Bloomington, Minn. and Dorothea Rick, Milwaukee, Wisc.; one sister, Marie Schultz, Great Bend; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a goddaughter, Dorothy Frisk of Kenosha, Wisc. She was preceded in death by seven brothers, Christian, Henry, Michael, John, George, David and Jacob, and a grandson, Joseph Rick. 

Florence D. Westerman (1910-2002) 
LORRAINE < Florence D. Westerman, 91, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, at Salina Regional Health Center, Santa Fe Campus. Mrs. Westerman was born Sept. 10, 1910, in Ellsworth County, to Edd Kruse and the former Augusta Schroeder. She was a lifetime resident of the Lorraine area, where she was a homemaker and retired teacher who taught in one-room schoolhouses. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lorraine. She married Lee Henry Westerman June 2, 1942. He died in 1999. Survivors include a son, Edward of Lorraine; a daughter, Berry Ann Pippin of Benton; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The funeral was Saturday at the First Baptist Church, the Rev. James Morford officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.. Memorials may be made to the church. Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, was in charge of arrangements. 

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