Thon "T.P." Schartz, 84, died June 5 at his home in Great Bend. Born March 17, 1930, in Ellinwood, he was the son of Anthony Nicholas and Mary Edna (Rickert) Schartz. On May 23, 2009, he married Myrna (Beal) Branstetter in Seward. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a retired insurance adjuster for Crawford and Company, and had previously farmed, operated Schartz Construction and managed the 300 Bowl. He played organized baseball and city basketball and was an avid golfer.
Kenneth Albert Fradd Jr., 67, died June 3 at his home in Great Bend. Born May 21, 1947, in Great Bend, he was the son of Kenneth Albert Sr., and Cleone Marie (Wesley) Fradd. On Nov. 28, 1970, he married Sally Ann Cramer in Great Bend. She died on Oct. 15, 1972. A resident of Great Bend most of his life, living in Salina for 10 years, he was an electronics technician for Glenn's Electric and Great Plains Manufacturing, until his retirement.
NESS CITY - Marilea Jane Hall Wendler was born on Oct. 5, 1926, in the small Kansas town of Schaeffer and passed to eternal life at Carle Hospital in Urbana, Ill., on June 2, 2014 at age 87. She was preceded in death by her parents Fanny Moore Hall and Anthony Cornelius Hall, a brother Wayne Hall, sisters Atha (Dwight) Kerschner and Marjorie (Clarence) Scheuerman, her husband Arthur Cyril Wendler and her daughter Artilea Ann Wendler. She is survived by her sons Kent Anthony (Anne) Wendler, their two children, and Craig Arthur (Lorie) Wendler and their six children.
It would be difficult to find a Kansas community that isn't having some sort of festival this weekend. Close to home, there's June Jaunt all along K-96 from the Colorado border to Ellinwood, and Santa Fe Trail Days in Pawnee County.
HOISINGTON - Walking or riding a bike is a healthy, wholesome activity, and students walking to and from school gives kids great outdoor exercise. USD 431 Hoisington School District has received a $10,000 grant for a Walking School Bus for the next school year. A Walking School Bus, where a parents walks with the kids to and from school, is one of the latest initiatives to get kids outside and combat obesity.
LARNED - The Jordaan Memorial Library special reading program at 1:30 p.m. today at the Larned Community Center is being presented by the Kansas Cosmosphere in support of this year's summer reading theme, "Fizz, Boom, Read."