PAONIA, Colo. - Sonja Karen Swanson-O'Connor, 71, passed away May 31, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colo. Born Feb. 3, 1942 in Paonia, Colo., she was the daughter of Henry R. and Martha Ellen (Hallar). She married Maurice Guy O'Connor. They moved to Montana where they made their home in the Lolo Creek Valley for the next 25 years where she raised her family, later divorcing in 1985.
WILSON - Leonard G. Steinle, 83, died May 28 at Russell. He was born Dec. 13, 1929, in Russell County, the son of Elma Herber and Jacob N. Steinle. He married Joann M. Peterka. A lifetime resident of the area, he was a farmer/stockman.
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. - Carol Gordon Yoke, 56, died unexpectedly in her sleep in her home in Highlands Ranch, Colo. on May 7th. Carol was born on Nov. 4, 1956 in Great Bend to Tom and Nona Gordon. She attended school in Great Bend, graduating from Great Bend High School in 1974. She graduated from Colorado College in Colorado Springs in 1978. In 1982 she married Richard Yoke in Denver, Colo. She was a loving mother to Preston, Mackenzie and Logan. She defined the term "soccer mom," taking them to practice and games all over the country. She worked in the ...
Charlcie May Ogle, 103, died May 26 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born April 11, 1910 in Harris Township in Fullton County, Ill., she was the daughter of Thomas E. and Nellie E. (Simpson) Paul. On April 6, 1929. she married Edwin Charles Ogle in Watseka, Ill. He died on Nov. 8, 1969. A Great Bend resident since 1988, she was a clergywoman and pastored in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Washington, Indiana and Texas. She was also Dean of Women at Gulf Coast Bible College, Houston, Texas.
ELLSWORTH - Jacqueline J. Toman, 74, died May 25 at the Kaye Pogue Hospice Center in Salina. Born on April 15, 1939, in Ellsworth, she was the daughter of Owney (Blackie) and Vera (Choitz) Hoopes. Jackie was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth. On July 20, 1958, she married William R. Toman, in Ellsworth. He died July 8, 1991. Along with her husband she co-owned Toman Sales and Service and B & J Oil. She retired after 20 years with Centel Electric.
PAWNEE ROCK - There were few things Maxine Foster prized more than a good homegrown, vine-ripened Kansas tomato, except maybe farm fresh eggs, a good stand of wheat, family around her kitchen table and maybe her two constant companions in later life – pet dogs, Muffy and Gizmo.