ELLSWORTH - Loren R. Zelenka, 53, died Oct. 27 at Hutchinson. He was born Jan. 19, 1958, at Cannon City, Colo., to Roy and Betty (Belt) Zelenka. He grew up in Wilson, and lived most of his life in California and Wilson. He married Sherith Loper on May 29, 1992, at Wilson. He was a welder.
Juanita I. Rose, 76, died Oct. 26 at Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita. Born Jan. 27, 1935 in Stonington, Colo., she was the daughter of Louie and Goldie (Sloan) Burhenn. On Aug. 14, 1954 she married William Robert Rose in Great Bend. A resident of Great Bend since 1954, coming from Radium, she was a pre-school teacher for Berean Pre-school at the First Assembly of God. She loved taking care of children.
Paul M. Maier, 68, died Oct. 26, at Pinnacle Park in Salina. Born Feb. 13, 1943 at Hays, he was the son of Henry and Tabea (Dietz) Maier. A lifelong resident of Barton County, he graduated from Otis High School. On Sept. 3, 1963, he married Nadine Nolte in Ellinwood. They later divorced but remained friends. He worked at Thies Packing Plant in Great Bend for many years and later worked various oilfield jobs retiring from Magellan. He enjoyed fishing, nature, bird watching and loved animals.
GREAT BEND -- Sister Markita Haefling, 79, died Oct. 24, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary in Great Bend. Born Dec. 16, 1931, in Strong City, as Kathryn Haefling, Sister Markita was the daughter of the late Marion and Mary Anne Beumer Haefling. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community in Great Bend on Sept. 18, 1949, and pronounced her first vows on June 7, 1952. She celebrated fifty years of religious profession in 2002. Sister Markita was a teacher in elementary and secondary schools of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Colorado from 1952 – 1993. In 1995 she began ministry in Mercy Housing in ...
LARNED – Carl Dean Immenschuh, 70, died Oct. 22, 2011 at Promise Regional Hospital, in Hutchinson, of asbestos related lung cancer. Born April 18, 1941, at the family home in Fellsburg, he was the son of Edward and Bernice Ingraham Immenschuh. He attended the University of California-Riverside. On June 3, 1961, he married Vallene Oetken at Peace Lutheran Church in Albert. She survives. Carl and Vallene started Pelican Photographics, The Pelican Press and the Kinsley Graphic.
OTIS - Eudale Brack, 88, died July 25, 2015, at Locust Grove Nursing Home in LaCrosse. Born Sept. 1, 1926, in Alva, Okla. he was the son of Herman E. and Alma A. (Brack) Brack. On Sept. 12, 1945, he married Magdalene T. Tuzicka at Trinity Lutheran Church in Otis. She past away on Dec. 19, 2012. A lifetime Otis resident, he served as Mayor of Otis from 1963 to 1995, while working as a carpenter, farmer, and operating the Otis Cafe with his wife from 1964 to 1997. In May 2001, he received his high school diploma from Otis High ...
HOLYROOD - Grace (Wilkens) Johnson, 77, passed away on July 25, 2015, at her home in Holyrood. Born Nov. 7, 1937, in Lorraine, she was the daughter of Clarence and Helen (Kruse) Wilkens. On Aug. 30, 1958, Grace married Richard E. Johnson. He preceded her in death. A resident of Holyrood since 2005, moving from the farm three miles east of town, she was a housewife. She worked part-time at Quivira Heights Jr. High School in the computer lab.
Steven J. Thomas, 58, passed away at his home in Great Bend on July 24, 2015. Steve was born on July 1, 1957, at Hutchinson, to Glen L. and Patty L. (Herndon) Thomas. He grew up in Lebanon, Kansas, and graduated from Lebanon High School in 1975. In 1976 he moved to Great Bend and attended Barton County Community College, where he obtained an Associate of Science degree.
LARNED – Linda O. Zielke, 66, passed away July 23, 2015, at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, Larned. She was born Nov. 4, 1948, in Greene, New York, the daughter of Leonard and Thelma Pierce Oles. A longtime area resident, she was a homemaker.
CHASE - Florentine L. Oberle, 96, died July 20, 2015, at Rice Co. Hospital in Lyons. She was born on April 22, 1919, in Ellinwood, to Peter and Anna (Straub) Kimpler. She married George Oberle on Aug. 23 1937, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church north of Ellinwood. He died August 1955. She later married Tony Oberle on Oct. 31, 1959, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church north of Ellinwood. He died March 21, 1995.
TOPEKA - Norman William Koester, 68, of Topeka, died July 19, 2015, at St. Francis Hospital. He was born on Sept. 2, 1946, in Hoisington, the son of William and Helen (Langer) Koester. He retired from Washburn University after 25 years as an Electronic Technician. Norm had previously worked for Goodyear and had owned and operated Norm's TV and Organ Repair.
CLAFLIN - Christopher Alan Oeser, 48, loving husband, son, father, and papa, died July 19, 2015, at his home in Claflin. born May 23, 1967, in Overland Park, he was the son of Alan K. and Sheila M. (Heinz) Oeser. Chris graduated from Claflin High School in 1985. He was a lifetime resident of Claflin and a farmer and rancher.
HOLDREGE, Neb. - John "Jack" Stevenson, 84, died July 17, 2015, at the Bryan LGH West Hospital in Lincoln, Neb. surrounded by his loving family. John "Jack" James Stevenson was born on Aug. 31, 1930, in Concordia, to George and Elizabeth (Tieking) Stevenson. He grew up in Concordia and graduated from Republican City High School. On April 13, 1951, Jack was married to Virginia Landreth and they were blessed with three children Mike, Gary and Carla. After 40 years of marriage, Virginia passed in 1991. Jack was a Gibson retail store manager for most of his life and he and Virginia ...
James W. "Jim" Oliver, 90, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away July 17, 2015, at Brookdale Senior Living in Great Bend. He was born July 29, 1924, at Madison, the youngest of three children to Willis and Amy (Holland) Oliver. He married Madalene Delma Mosier Jan. 14, 1951, at Great Bend. She passed away July 20, 2007. A Great Bend resident since 1949, coming from Madison, he was an electrical engineer for Western Power and Electric and Sunflower Electric. He was a United States Navy veteran.