Kathryn "Katie" Saenz, 83, died Dec. 8 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. She was born Nov. 13, 1928, at Lamar, Colo., the daughter of Pedro and Maria (Bravo) Godinez. She married Joe A. Saenz Sept. 8, 1947, at Lamar, Colo. He died Sept. 29, 2001. A Great Bend resident since 1954, coming from Lamar, she was a cook for Holiday Inn, Highland Manor and the Senior Center.
lorine Burgardt, 85, died Dec. 6 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Feb. 24, 1926 in Liebenthal, she was the daughter of Alex C. and Catharine (Munsch) Herrman. On May 27, 1946, she married Harold Peter Burgardt in LaCrosse. He died on July 13, 1999. A Great Bend resident since 1968, coming from LaCrosse, she was a long-time employee of USD 428.
HUDSON - Bruce Wayne Standlee, 64, died Dec. 3 at his home in Hudson. Born March 13, 1947, in Great Bend, he was the son of R.D. and Betty (Kastrup) Standlee. He attended school in Bristow, Okla., where he graduated in 1966. On June 12, 1967, he married JoAnn (Tillotson) Standlee in Columbus, Ga. Self-employed as a contract pumper for 30 years, he also worked in Hayes Township, running the maintainer in Stafford County for 18 years.
OLMITZ - Marguerite M. Schneider, 76, died Dec. 3 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born Sept. 28, 1935 in LaCrosse, she was the daughter of William O. and Clara (Busch) Maneth. On Oct. 4, 1955 she married Marvin L. Schneider in LaCrosse. They were married 56 years. A lifetime resident of Olmitz, she was a homemaker, a writer for the Hoisington Dispatch, worked for the Rush County News, and farmed in both Barton and Rush Counties. She was a "reading Grandma" at the Otis-Bison Elementary school, a blood donor, and an avid quilter and seamstress.
LARNED - Althea Shuss Vratil passed from this earth on Dec. 3. Born Sept. 23, 1922 in Larned, she recently resided in Overland Park, but had spent nearly all her life in Larned. She left school in 1943 to marry Frank before he was shipped overseas in World War II. Althea finished her degree 50 years later at the age of 71. Althea was a devoted wife, a selfless mother, and a doting grandmother. She loved her hometown of Larned and enjoyed playing golf and substitute teaching. She also loved everything KU.
HOISINGTON - Howard V. Whithorn, 92, died Dec. 1 at Harry Hynes Hospice, Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born Oct. 6, 1919 in Hutchinson, he was the son of Virgil and Almeda (Wallace) Whithorn. On Dec. 4, 1959 he married Doris A. Turner in Kingman. A resident of Hoisington since 1962, he was the retired owner/operator for Peerless Pest Control in Hoisington.