Don Whelan, 94, died Jan. 27 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Oct. 19, 1919 in Sharon, he was the son of Joe and Florence (McKeever) Whelan. In 1938 he graduated from Great Bend High School. In June 1947, he married Phyllis Kay Niswonger in Great Bend. She died on Feb. 10, 2008. A lifetime resident of Great Bend he was Vice-President of the First National Bank, was a partner in the JoDonCee Skating Rink, and was involved in ranching in Barber County.
HAYS - Lois Charlene Herrman, 64, formerly of Hays, died Jan. 26, at the Hays Medical Center. Born Aug. 28, 1949, in Russell, she was the daughter of Albert E. and Doris A. (Ochs) Karst. In 1967, she graduated from Plainville High School. She received her nurses aid and LPN degrees from Colby Community College, and her RN degree from Barton County Community College. On May 11, 1974, she married Patrick "Pat" Herrman in Hays. She was a registered nurse and retired as the Director of a Rehab Unit in Fort Mohave, Ariz. She loved ceramics, reading, shopping, crocheting, making photo ...
CHICKAMUGA, Ga. - Ella Louisa Bridgman Going, 83, passed away Jan. 24th. Born in Hutchinson, she was the daughter of Otis and Iva Redhair Bridgman. A longtime resident of Great Bend, until 2005 when she moved to Chickmauga, Ga., she was a former employee of Woolworth's and Great Bend High School. She enjoyed fellowship with her friends at The Chickamauga Senior Center.
HUDSON - Juanita S. Mawhirter, 90, died Jan. 25 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. She was born in rural Stafford County on June 15, 1923 to Henry and Anna Siefkes. She was a lifetime Hudson area resident and member of Trinity Community Church, Hudson. She also owned the liquor store in Hudson for many years. Survivors include daughters, Sandra Watson (Richard) of Peck, Marsha Mawhirter of El Dorado, Jayne Boles (Robert) of Andover, Ks; Son, Dan Mawhirter (Teresa) of Great Bend; a sister, Elmaleda McMinn of Emporia. She was preceded in death by both parents, husband Cecil Mawhirter, and ...
ALBERT - Celeste Catherine (Mermis) Vonfeldt, 89, died Jan. 23, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 21, 1924, in Walker, she was the daughter of John A. and Anna (Kisner) Mermis. On Jan. 8, 1946, she married Raymond J. Vonfeldt in Walker. He preceded her in death on April 19, 1997. A long time Albert resident, she was a homemaker. She enjoyed making quilts and was a reading grandma at Albert Elementary School.
CLAFLIN - Mary Hoffman, 99, died Jan. 24, at Clara Barton Hospital Hoisington. Born Dec. 7, 1914, in Dubuque, she was the daughter of Venzel and Mary (Kvapil) Blazek. A lifelong area resident, she attended the Dubuque schools through the eighth grade. She worked as a cook for the Dubuque schools and later worked for Buehler's Grocery Store in Claflin. On May 12, 1936, she married John Hoffman in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on Oct. 24, 1978. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, crocheting, and spending time with her family.
PRATT - Howard Michael Schnittker (Brother Michael, C.Ss.R.), 76, died Jan. 20, at St. Clement Health Care Center in Liguori, Mo. from an injury sustained in a fall. He was born July 24, 1938, at Pratt the son of Joseph A. and Elsie A. (Glenn) Schnittker.
HAYS - Vickie J. Cole, 67, passed away Jan. 2 at Hays Medical Center. Born May 12, 1946, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Donald A. and Dorothy (Rinker) Bowsher Sr. On July 3, 1966, she married Tom O. Cole in Great Bend.
Marian Weathers, 87, died Jan. 22 at Rehabilitation Center of Independence in Independence, Mo. Born May 20, 1926, in Pawnee Rock, she was the daughter of William J. and Alvena Mary (Koehn) Mull. On June 2, 1946, she married Russell Kenneth Weathers in Great Bend. He died on Aug. 23, 2008. A lifetime resident of Great Bend and Pawnee Rock, moving to Independence, Mo., in 2009 to be closer to family, she was a homemaker.
LACROSSE - Vernon C. Bortz, 102, died Jan. 21, 2014 at Locust Grove Village in LaCrosse.
ALBERT - Robert H. Petersen, 70, died Jan. 21, 2014 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
WILSON - Francis M. Olds, 92, died Jan. 20, 2014 at Salina Regional Health Center.
GREAT BEND - Alice Leona Foster, 87, died Jan. 21, 2014 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood.
RUSH CENTER - Helen L. Appel, 83, of rural Rush Center, passed away on Monday morning, Jan. 20, at Hays Medical Center. Born on June 22, 1930, in Hargrave, she was the daughter of Jacob and Mollie (Ickes) Reifschneider. In 1948, she graduated from La Crosse High School. On Nov. 18, 1948, she was united in marriage to Delmer D. "Bud" Appel in La Crosse A homemaker, Helen enjoyed gardening and taking care of her chickens, as well as cooking, baking, and sewing.
LARNED - James Francis Kaeberle, II, 61,died Jan. 19 at Hospice House of Reno County, Hutchinson. Born July 20, 1952 at El Dorado, he was the son of James Francis and Rosalyn Elizabeth (Snyder) Kaeberle.
TOPEKA - Brian K. Miller, 68, formerly of Larned, died March 10. Born Dec. 12, 1945, at Great Bend, he was the son of Warren and Glennis (Lile) Miller.
ELLINWOOD - Viola Ann Komarek died March 8 in Topeka. Born on Jan. 6, 1920, in Kansas City, she was the daughter of Homer F. McCready and Minta M. (Pierce) McCready. In 1926, she moved with her parents to Florence. She graduated from Florence High School in 1941 (National Honor Society) and moved to Kansas City where she worked in the office at Folgers Coffee Co. On Dec. 2, 1945, she married Norman Frank Komarek of Ellinwood, in Emporia. They moved to Sterling, where they lived for 13 years, moving to Ellinwood in 1958. She worked for Ellinwood District Hospital for ...
ROZEL - Jerome (Joe) A. Sauer, 85, died March 10 at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Sept. 8, 1928, in Antonino, he was the son of Anton and Pauline Rupp Sauer. On Nov. 24, 1949, he married Martha L. Arnold at Rozel. She passed away on Sept. 10, 2012. A resident of Rozel, he was a retired farmer and an avid hunter and fisherman.
Thomas James Vaughn, 71, died March 5 at Leisure Home, St. John. He was born on July 28, 1942, at Wellington, the son of Thomas and Leola (Bell) Vaughn. A resident of Great Bend since 1964, he was a retired truck driver for UPS.
PAWNEE ROCK - Norma Pauline Kasselman, 96, passed away March 5, 2014 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood.
LA CROSSE - Eugene "Gene" Jacobs, 83, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at his home.
GREAT BEND - Alice Mary Nobles, 94, died March 6, 2014 at her home in Great Bend. Born July 18, 1919 in Logan County, she was the daughter of Samuel and Josie (Baugh) Cushinberry. On Dec. 18, 1947 she married Daniel Nobles in Kansas City, Mo. A longtime resident of Great Bend, growing up in Hoisington, she was employed by Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Industries in Kansas City, Mo. during World War II and later was a private home care provider.
WICHITA - Donald L. Reed, 72, passed away March 3, 2014.
OLMITZ – Marie T. Jilg, 93, went home to the Lord on March 6, 2014 at the Oxford at Broadmoor, Wichita.
TUCSON, Ariz. - Robert G. Keeler, 63, passed peacefully on March 4, 2014, feeling the love of his family and friends.
CONCORDIA - Phyllis A. Winter, 74, died March 5 at Cloud County Health Center in Concordia. Born on Nov. 20, 1939, in Concordia, she was the daughter of James and Mary (Cote) Breen. She graduated from Notre Dame Catholic High School. On Feb. 24, 1958, she married Willis "Willie" D. Winter. She was a secretary/bookkeeper for Palmquist Drug Store, Associate Financial and various other businesses.
PAWNEE ROCK - Norma Pauline Kasselman, 96, passed away March 5 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born July 17, 1917, in Columbus, she was the daughter of Emma (LeCleff) and James Argyle. She was a lifetime resident of Pawnee Rock. On June 5, 1937, she married Emmett "Johnny" Kasselman in Ellinwood. He preceded her in death on Oct. 17, 2001.
ELLINWOOD - Bernice Ida Koch, 99, died March 6 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. She was born March 16, 1914, at Alden, the daughter of Claud E. and Emma Louise (Reiser) Parker. She graduated from Alden High School in 1932. On March 10, 1935, she married Harry Koch at Alden, he preceded her in death. A life-long resident of Barton and Rice counties, she was a retired secretary and agent with Farmers Mutual Insurance Co. as well as a homemaker.
GREAT BEND - John Edwin Taylor, 85, died Feb. 27, 2014 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
GREAT BEND - Richard Thier, 75, died March 4, 2014 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.