OLMITZ - Christine Marie Lichter, 88, died Oct. 18, 2011 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Nov. 30, 1922 in Great Bend, the daughter of Albert J. and Frances J. (Rabenseifner) Mauler.
Sandra Sue "Sandy" Essmiller, 66, died Oct. 12 at Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, Calif. She was born Jan. 13, 1945 at Great Bend, the daughter of Lester Arnold and Clara LaVergne (Hanhardt) Hagerman.
ST. JOHN - Keith D. Bieberle, 60, died Oct. 17 in Langdon. Services are pending with Minnis Chapel in St. John.
ALDEN - Ronald C. Langel, 71, died Oct. 15, 2011, at Promise Regional Medical Center in Hutchinson. Born May 21, 1940, at Sterling, he was the son of Charles Yates and Carolyn Berblinger Langel. He was a 1958 graduate of Alden High School. On Aug. 4, 1961, he married Carol Harrison at Alden. A lifetime resident of Alden, he was a farmer and stockman.
LARNED - Doris M. Clutter, 93, died Oct. 14, 2011, at Midland Hospice in Topeka. Born Feb. 6 1918, at Radium, she was the daughter of Lotus and Ethyl Cromer Zink. She was a longtime Larned resident. During World War II she worked at Boeing for two and a half years and saw the first B-29 come off the line and fly. In subsequent years she worked as bookkeeper at Clutter Electric and then moved to Credit Manager for the Pawnee County Co-op. On Dec. 24, 1939 she married Arthur E. Clutter in Larned. He died Nov. 1, 1997.
TULSA, OKLA. - Gwen Elizabeth Dailey Bible died Oct. 17 on her 87th birthday, at Tulsa, Okla. She was born Oct. 17, 1924, in Great Bend.
FORT SMITH, Ark. - Iva Mae Smith passed from this life at age 74 on Oct. 15. She was born May 16, 1937, near Rush Center, to Calvin and Elma Kershner. She was a beautician and owned and operated her own salon for 20 years.
OTIS - Maxine Elizabeth Scheuerman, 88, died Oct. 15, 2011, at Rush County Memorial Hospital-Long Term Care Unit in La Crosse. Born Feb. 24, 1923, at Beaver, she was the daughter of Peter E. and Alice Mae (Stoskopf) Bergman. Maxine attended Galatia Grade School and graduated from Hoisington High School. She then attended Fort Hays State University. She taught at country schools in Barton and Rush County and later became a certified nurse's aide. On March 21, 1943, she married Aaron Scheuerman at Otis. He preceded her in death on June 6, 2010.
GREAT BEND - A.D. Belt, 81, of Great Bend, formerly of El Dorado, passed away on Oct. 13, 2011 in Great Bend.
LYONS - Joseph L. Cedeno, 83, died Oct. 13, 2011 at Rice County District Hospital.
GARDEN CITY - Verna Collins, 53, of Garden City, died Oct. 13, 2011 at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City.
MCPHERSON - Dorothy Kirmer, 95, died Oct. 14, 2011 at The Cedars in McPherson.
GREAT BEND - Sandra "Sandy" Essmiller, 66, died Oct. 12. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
LIBERAL - Daniel Joseph Penney, 61, of Liberal, passed away Tuesday from a sudden illness. Dan was born Dec. 28, 1949 at Great Bend. He went to school and worked there until 1968, when he moved to Kansas City, Mo. In 1983, he met his wife, Louise and moved to the rural Liberal, Mo. area.
DEQUINCY, La. - Nina Gwyn Chandler, 64, died at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital on Oct. 11, 2011.
Lenora Marie Ochs, 97, died Feb. 25 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born July 21, 1916, in rural Otis, she was the daughter of Fred and Julia (Schlegel) Stieben. On Oct. 6, 1935 she married Clarence Everett Ochs in Otis. He died on May 7, 1994. A Great Bend resident since 1978, coming from Otis, she was a part-owner, bookkeeper and parts lady at Ochs, Inc., until retirement.
LARNED - Ellen Nadine Bittner, 81, died Feb. 23, 2014 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born Oct. 22, 1932, at Alton, Missouri, the daughter of Claude and Esther Barton Strain. A resident of the Great Bend formerly of Larned, she was a retired nurses aide at Gleason Hospital in Larned. She was of the Christian faith.
ST. JOHN - Leonard Rex Davis, 84, died Feb. 23 at Leisure Homestead, St. John. He was born Mar. 2, 1929, at Manter, the son of Earl R. and Rosa M. (Kidwell) Davis. He was a farmer/stockman and life-long resident of rural St. John.
Christy Smith, 49, died Feb. 22 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born May 22, 1964 at Travis U.S. Air Force Base Hospital in Fairfield, Calif., she was the daughter of Wendell H. and Mary (Brocher) Smith. A Great Bend resident since 1971, Christy was employed as a residential home care provider for Rosewood Services. She enjoyed animals, movies, reading, and sharing her wonderful wit and sense of humor. She particularly enjoyed helping others, always identifying with those in need.
Maxine R. Heueisen, 80, died Feb. 23 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born April 23, 1933 in Stafford County, she was the daughter of Earl and Jesse (Ballinger) Carr. On Nov. 26, 1955, she married Charles Heueisen in Larned. He died on April 17, 1979. A resident of Great Bend since 1997, coming from Larned. She was employed in the admissions department at Larned State Hospital, previously employed as the activities director at the Great Bend Manor and served as a case worker for the Center For Counselling. She had also previously operated the Meals on Wheels program ...
MUNJOR - Mary Ann Gross, 74, died Feb. 22, at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Born Aug. 21, 1939, in Hays, she was the daughter of Ignatius and Irene (Werth) Koerner. On April 18, 1959, she married Wilbert Gross in Hays. She was a former licensed hairdresser and spent many years as a homemaker. She loved family gatherings with her children and grandchildren and the special trips she took with the love of her life, Wilbert.
Ellen Nadine Bittner, 81, died Feb. 23, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending with Morell Funeral Home in Larned.