OTIS - Doris Jean Tuzicka, 84, died Sept. 7, at home in rural Otis. She was born Jan. 24, 1929, at rural Otis, the daughter of William and Lillian (Johnson) Suchy. She married Clarence Tuzicka Jan. 10, 1951, at La Crosse.
Leona Gertrude Karst, 92, died Sept. 6 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Oct. 6, 1920, in Hodgeman County, the daughter of Henry and Bertha (Bitter) Niedens. She married Alvin Maier March 16, 1941 in Susank. He died in November 1945. She then married Constantine Karst April 8, 1947, at Milberger. He passed away Dec. 2, 1984. A homemaker, Mrs. Karst was a Great Bend resident since 2001, coming from Hoisington, and previously from the farm near Hoisington.
WICHITA - Dorothy S. Wittrock, 88, died Sept. 6 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. She was born Aug. 17, 1925, at Strong City, the daughter of Harry E. and Josephine (Houdeshell) Sisson. She married Lloyd Ray Wittrock Dec. 22, 1957, at Great Bend. He died July 25, 1998. She was an elementary and special education teacher for Unified School District 428, Great Bend. Mrs. Wittrock was a longtime Wichita resident, coming from Great Bend.
OTIS - Ed Batchman, 68, died Sept. 6 at Rossville Health and Rehabilitation Center, Rossville. He was born Aug. 24, 1945, at Ellinwood, the son of Ernie and Bonnie (Baxter) Batchman. He married Connie Petz Sept. 24, 1971, at Ellinwood. Mr. Batchman was a longtime resident of Otis, working for BOC Gases as an electronic technician.
LARNED - Gonsalo (Steve) E. Lemuz, 63, died Sept. 5 at Methodist Hospital in Rochester Minnesota. He was born Dec. 10, 1949, at Larned, the son of Circilo and Josefa Marguez Lemuz. He worked in the Engineering Department at the Larned State Hospital and was a lifetime area resident.
The Central Kansas Association for the Visually Impaired will hold its annual Craft and Food Sale on the last weekend of September. The sale will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 28, at the Dominican Sisters Convent auditorium, 3600 Broadway Ave., Great Bend. Easy access is on the north side of the Convent off 17th St.
Since Brandi Demel, R.N., knows that studies indicate Tai Chi is an excellent resource for addressing physical and cognitive concerns, she is sharing her expertise with Sunflower Diversified Services clients.
Cecelia Steffan, 90, died Sept. 6 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. She was born Aug. 5, 1923, at Marienthal, the daughter of John F. and Magdalena (Dreher) Younger. She married Frank J. Steffan on Oct. 21, 1942, at Marienthal. He died Feb. 24, 2001. A Great Bend resident since 1945, coming from Marienthal, she was a homemaker.
MINNEOLA - Bruce L. Tomlinson, 71, passed away early morning on Aug. 19, at the Minneola District Hospital after a brief illness. Born Aug. 23, 1941, in Chanute, he was the son of Johnie 0. and May (Churchill) Tomlinson. On Sept. 24, 1966, he married Linda Kane in Hershey, Pa. She survives.
A true cowboys' showdown rodeo fundraiser will be held to benefit Healing Hearts Ranch, a nonprofit ranch providing low cost equine therapy. It will be held beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Barton County Fairgrounds with concessions, buggy rides, barrel train, bounce house and auction. Admission is $1.