Thomas R. "Tom" Holstrom, 63, of Blue Springs, Mo. passed away on April 19, 2012. A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Tom will be remembered for his success as a chemist and executive in the manufacturing industry as well as for his passion for auto racing.
Frances "Frankie" Kaiser, 83, died April 20 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. She was born Nov. 11, 1928 at St. Rose Hospital in Great Bend, the daughter of Frank and Anna (Schaplowsky) Wirtz. She married Melvin Patrick Kaiser May 13, 1952 at St. Joseph Church in Ellinwood. He survives. She worked for Home Health as a nurse aide.
George Arthur Ely, 58, died unexpectedly at his home in Great Bend on Dec. 20, 2011. He was born on July 16, 1953 in Mt. Holly, N.J. George had spent the past 35 years drilling oil, gas and water wells in Kansas, Oklahoma, and New Jersey. At his time of death, he had completed his first semester of the Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution program at Barton Community College. He would have graduated in May. He married Toni Arnett Williams on August 29, 1986, in Elkton, Md. She survives.
Lorraine H. Erickson, 90, died April 20 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born Feb. 12, 1922, in Rush County, the daughter of Herman and Anna Marie (Wagner) Hemken. Lorraine was baptized and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church at Albert.
The largest group of Future Business Leaders of America from Great Bend High School ever to make it to national competition just grew by two more students.
Fifty years ago America was just waking up to the reality of environmental pollution: Rachel Carson had published "Silent Spring," heralding the modern environmental movement and raising America's consciousness about the impact of DDT pesticide use on the environment and public health. Then in 1969 Cleveland's Cuyahoga River caught fire due to the oil-soaked debris consuming it and the country's then-largest oil spill occurred in Santa Barbara, California.
Patients who have a history with the St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center infusion clinic are receiving their treatments in the same area but it may seem like a whole new world when they first step in. The clinic has been remodeled and expanded to offer an even higher level of care, said St. Rose Vice President Linda Farthing.
Rosewood Services Inc. is recognizing four standout staff members by giving them the "Shining Stars" award. Rosewood employees Tess Bradley, Eric Hammond, Melonie Myers and Sandy Smith were honored for their stellar service during the first three months of the year.
Donna Krug of K-State Research & Extension-Barton County will share her dietary expertise at a free evening diabetes class sponsored by St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center, said St. Rose Diabetes Educator Gloria Siefkes, R.N.
Early in April 1938, a massive snow and ice storm knocked out most of the telephone and power lines in Western Kansas. With communications down, the electric, gas and oil companies were scrambling to make contact with their distant offices and crews. Amateur radio operators came to the rescue and inspired a young high school student named Jack Kilby.
DeleteSteve Johnson, a Great Bend attorney, announced he is seeking election as 20th Judicial District, Division II, Judge. He is running for the position recently vacated by retiring Judge Hannelore Kitts. The 20th Judicial District includes, Barton, Russell, Ellsworth, Rice and Stafford counties. Johnson will be running on the Republican ticket.
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Both the subject matter and the viewing experience will be a close encounter when the Barton Theatre Department performs the two-person musical "The Last Five Years," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Barton Community College Fine Arts Auditorium.