BUSHTON - Gary Nolan Siemer, 64, died April 26, 2012 at Good Samaritan Center, Ellsworth.
Elizabeth Scott Crites 1915 - 2012
HOISINGTON - Lillian R. Funk, 88, died April 25 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Sept. 29, 1923, in Russell County, she was the daughter of J. Peter and Margaret (Deines) Boxberger. On Nov. 22, 1942, she married Raymond Funk in Milberger. He died on Sept. 12, 2000. A lifetime Russell and Barton County resident, she was a cook at Homestead Villa and then for Clara Barton Hospital, both in Hoisington, until her retirement. She enjoyed cooking, baking and decorating cakes, and gardening – especially caring for her plants and flowers.
ST. JOHN - Jean (Cadman) Astle, 87, died Apr. 25 at South Wind Hospice, Pratt. She was born June 3, 1924, at Moscow, Kan., the daughter of James H. and Ila F. (Lindsey) Cadman. She moved to St. John in 1964 where she was a homemaker and former aide for St. John Hospital.
GREAT BEND - Sal Bianchino, 94, died April 25, 2012 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend.
HAYS - Craig Wayne Barnett Sr., 55, died April 24, 2012 at Hays Medical Center. Born Oct. 6, 1956 in Scott City, he was the son of Cecil Golden and Agness Lorine (Scott) Barnett. On April 4, 1981, he married Betty Elson in Oberlin. She died on Nov. 30, 2004. He later married Nicole Schneider. He attended Healy schools. He moved to Great Bend and worked in the Meat Packing Plant until moving to Gove in 1992 and driving a feed truck for Glenn Coberly Feed Yard. In 1997 he moved to Wakeeney and later moved to Hays. He enjoyed hunting ...
HOISINGTON - Lillian Funk, 88, died April 25 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
SALINA - Parker Lee Holliday, infant son of T.C. and Jenilee Holliday of Salina, died April 24, 2012. He was born Feb. 18 in Wichita.
BELLA VISTA, Ark. - Adolf W. Kluender, 89, of Bella Vista, Ark., died April 21 at the Veteran's Administration Hospice Care Unit in Little Rock, Ark. Born Jan. 11, 1923 in Ruskin, Neb., he was the son of William and Anna Kluender. On Sept. 12, 1953 he married Angelene "Ann" Kluender, in Great Bend. They moved to Bella Vista, Ark. from Great Bend in 1994 after he and his wife retired. Adolf was employed by Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America for 29 years. He loved to play golf, cards and board games.
LEWIS - Mary Helen Cross, 85, died April 22 at Pratt Regional Medical Center. Born Dec. 25, 1926, at Fellsburg, she was the daughter of LeRoy G. and Helen Hilts Gatterman. A lifetime area resident, she was a retired insurance agent for the Home State Bank and Lewis Insurance Service. In August, 1949, she married Charles R. Cross at Lewis. He died on Aug. 23, 1954.
RUSSELL - Peggy Ann Beck, 61, of Russell, died April 20 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Born June 6, 1950, in Salina, she was the daughter of Philip S. and Bette J. (Johannes) Quinley. Moving to Great Bend when she was 5 years old, she graduated from Great Bend High School in 1968. She then attended Marymount College. On July 25, 1975, she married Harold "Bud" Beck Jr. in Great Bend. They made their home in Great Bend until January of 1992 when they moved to Russell. She was the Barton County Courthouse Clerk for several years. Then ...
LEAWOOD - Gertrude M. Dietz, 94, died peacefully on April 22 after a short illness. She was in the company of her family and the comfort of the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo. Born Feb. 15, 1918, in Barton County, she was the daughter of Peter and Amelia (Steinert) Nuss. On July 30, 1936, she married Arthur A. Dietz in Milberger. Together they had two children. He died on Oct. 15, 1982. A resident of Leawood since 1993, coming from Great Bend, she loved life and was an avid bridge player her entire life. She loved her children ...
CONCORDIA - Raymond A. Franklin, 80, of Concordia passed away April 18 at the Salina Regional Health Center in Salina. He was born Jan. 14, 1932, in Saline County.
Thomas R. "Tom" Holstrom, 63, of Blue Springs, Mo. passed away on April 19, 2012. A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Tom will be remembered for his success as a chemist and executive in the manufacturing industry as well as for his passion for auto racing.
Frances "Frankie" Kaiser, 83, died April 20 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. She was born Nov. 11, 1928 at St. Rose Hospital in Great Bend, the daughter of Frank and Anna (Schaplowsky) Wirtz. She married Melvin Patrick Kaiser May 13, 1952 at St. Joseph Church in Ellinwood. He survives. She worked for Home Health as a nurse aide.
LARNED - Peggy J. Thompson, 61, passed away Jan. 19, 2015 at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita. Born July 6, 1953, in Hoisington, she was the daughter of John H. and Marjorie Wagner Niewald. On Dec. 17, 1983, she married Kelly Thompson. They later divorced. A longtime area resident, she worked at the Larned State Hospital for 23 ½ years as a LMHT.
OLMITZ - Marilou Axman, 84, died Jan. 20, 2015 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Nov. 1, 1930, in Odin, she was the daughter of William and Eleanor (Hickel) Linsner. On April 20, 1949, she married Frank W. Axman in Odin. He died on May 17, 1994. A resident of Olmitz since 1949, coming from Odin, she was a retired nurses' aide, working for the Hoisington Hospital.
Joseph John Zecha, 89, died Jan. 21, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Oct. 25, 1925, in Claflin, he was the son of Emil R. and Mary Theresa (Kinzel) Zecha. A Great Bend resident for the past year and half, living in Denver, Colo. for 50 years, he was an auto mechanic for Montgomery Ward, retiring in 1990. He was a fine example of charity to almost everyone he met, befriending numerous persons in need throughout his life. He was an animal lover, especially dogs.
OLMITZ - Joseph E. Hlavaty, 77, died Jan. 19, 2015, at Locust Grove Village, La Crosse. He was born Nov. 8, 1937, the son of Erwin J. and Clara Elizabeth (Riedel) Hlavaty. He married Justina Maneth Oct. 6, 1958, at La Crosse. A lifetime Olmitz resident, he was a dairy farmer and stockman and also the postmaster for Olmitz for 25 years.
LA CROSSE - Zaden Phillip Lee Finnigan was delivered and passed on Jan. 18, 2015, at Hays Medical Center.
SALINA - Matilda Pauline "Tillie" Hoth, 98, formally of Holyrood, died Jan. 18, 2015. Born Aug. 30, 1916, in Ellsworth County, she was the daughter of Fred and Anna (Kempke) Hoffman.
CLAFLIN - Garry L. Simpson, 60, died Jan 19, 2015, at his home in Claflin. Born July 18, 1954, in Columbia, N.C., he was the son of Howard and Beulah (Stevenson) Simpson. A resident of Claflin since 2002, coming from Roper, N.C., he was a nurse, working for Washington County Hospital and Central Kansas Medical Center, and formerly owned and operated Prairie House Flowers and Gifts.
OLMITZ - Joseph "Joe" Hlavaty, 77, died Jan. 19 at Locust Grove Nursing Home, LaCrosse. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington, Kansas.
Solomon "Sam" Maier, 103, died Jan. 18, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born June 3, 1911, in rural Barton County, he was the son of Henry Jacob and Anna Marie (Daubert) Maier. On Sept. 24, 1947, he married Betty Jo Mangum in Lubbock, Texas. She died on Dec. 7, 2000. A resident of Great Bend since 1964, coming from rural Susank, he worked for Producers Gas Company, retiring in 1976. He enjoyed fishing, and pheasant, dove and rabbit hunting.
HOISINGTON - Rose Marie Bryant, 73, died Jan. 17, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Jan. 7, 1942, in Chase, she was the daughter of George and Georgia (Moore) Bird. She was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Lincoln. On Jan. 27, 1961, she married Carl Lee Bryant in Lincoln. A longtime resident of Hoisington, she was employed for 17 1/2 years as a CNA on the night shift at Cheyenne Meadows Nursing Home. She and her husband both shared a love of fishing.
MCPHERSON - Jan Carpenter Sink, 79, wife, mother and grandmother, died Jan. 16, at Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita. Born May 12, 1935, McPherson, she was the daughter of Fred D. and Evelyn M. (Sward) Carpenter. In 1953, she graduated from McPherson High School. On Jan. 28, 1956, she was united in marriage to Edwin L. Sink, Jr. in McPherson. He preceded her in death on Feb. 11, 1999. She had worked for State Farm Insurance and Tri-County Special Education Co-op, both in Independence, before retiring from Commerce Bank in Bonner Springs, and relocating to McPherson. She volunteered at Save N ...
HOISINGTON - Gregory Alan "Greg" Bitter, 55, died Jan. 19 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born Sept. 6, 1959, he was the son of Harry and Irene (Deutsch) Bitter.
HOLYROOD - Richard E. Johnson, 77, died Jan. 18, at his home. Born Oct. 18, 1937, in West Grove, Pa. he was the son of Samuel H. and Blanche A. Johnson. He grew up in Rising Sun, Md. On Aug. 30, 1958, he married Grace Wilkens Johnson in Lorraine. She survives. A resident of Holyrood since 2005, having moved from the farm 3 miles east of town, he was a farmer and rancher.
OTIS - Velma V. Stieben, 90, died Jan. 17, at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse. Born May 28, 1924, in rural Galatia, she was the daughter of Henry and Anna M. (Koch) Miller. In 1942, she graduated from Otis Rural High School. On Aug. 29, 1943, she married Lester M. Stieben at Otis. He preceded her in death on Nov. 28, 2004. A lifelong resident of Rush County, she was a homemaker.