MANHATTAN - Zelma Marie Dodge, 94, Manhattan, passed away on Dec. 09 at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community. She was born Dec. 10, 1916, on a farm near Hoisington, the daughter of Clara (Bicknell) and Charles Finn.
Georgia Spence, 87, died Dec. 9 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Feb. 9, 1924, at Purcell, Okla., she was the daughter of Roy and Luna (Clutz) Sims. She married Gordon Spence on Feb. 15, 1947, at Winfield. He died May 20, 1985. A lifetime Great Bend resident, she was former owner and operator of Dairy Queen, and was a homemaker.
HOISINGTON - Shawn Ney died Saturday, Dec. 10, at Great Bend. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
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.
HOISINGTON - Priscilla Benignus, 80, died Dec. 8 at Clara Barton Hospital. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
HOISINGTON - Edward Murray, 67, died Dec. 6, 2011 at his home in Hoisington.
GREAT BEND - Florine Burgardt, 85, died Dec. 6, 2011 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
HOISINGTON - Edward Murray, 67, died Dec. 6 at his home in Hoisington. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
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.
Florine Burgardt, 85, died Dec. 6 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
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.
LARNED - Thomas Leslie Martin, 69, died Nov. 28, 2011 at his home following a courageous battle against cancer.
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.
St. JOHN - Harold E. Stalker, 50, died Dec. 1 at his home in St. John. He was born Dec. 4, 1960 at Hutchinson.
VICI, Okla. - Lamona Irene Zelle, died on Nov. 15.
WICHITA - Janelda Marie "Jada" Butler, 75, florist and homemaker, passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 2014.
SALINA - Vernon Alvin Jantz, 91, died Nov. 14 at Windsor Estates, Salina. He was born Nov. 13, 1923, at Montezuma, the son of Marcus and Adina (Unruh) Jantz. He married Basil (Spires) Griffin on Nov. 28, 1987, at Hoisington. A Salina resident since 2000, coming from Hoisington, Vernon was a member of the Hoisington Bible Church and recently attended Salina Bible Church. Before retirement, he was a supervisor for Northern Natural Gas, Bushton.
HOISINGTON - Melba E. Maggard, 85 died Nov. 15 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Oct. 21, 1929, at Hoisington, the daughter of Henry Cordory and Maudie Elizabeth (Anglin) Spires.
LA CROSSE - Marie D. Reifschneider, 86, La Crosse, died, Nov. 14 at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse. She was born April 5, 1928, at rural Timken, the daughter of Ralph G. and Blanche J. (Smrcka) Holopirek. On Nov. 20, 1947, she married LeRoy Reifschneider at the United Methodist Church, La Crosse. A lifelong resident of Rush County, she was a homemaker.
Calista Marie Stuart, 88, died Nov. 13 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born June 15, 1926, at Barton County, the daughter of Edward and Catherine (Theisen) Seyfert. She married Herbert Stuart in 1943, and later divorced. A lifetime Barton County resident, Calista was a bookkeeper, working for Cheyenne Drug, Van-Jo Dairy, Kottwitz Motor Company, Bob Reiter Chevrolet, Ron Miller Accounting, and most recently M & F Plumbing Heating and Air.
Sister Patricia Martinez, 89, died Nov. 14 at Salina Regional Health Center in Salina. Born May 13, 1925, in Little River, as Pasquala Martinez, Sister Patricia was the daughter of Gregorio and Placida Gomez Martinez. She entered the Dominican Sisters Community in Great Bend Oct. 10, 1943, and pronounced her first vows Aug. 13, 1946. She celebrated 65 years of religious profession in 2011.