ALBERT - Celeste Catherine (Mermis) Vonfeldt, 89, died Jan. 23, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 21, 1924, in Walker, she was the daughter of John A. and Anna (Kisner) Mermis. On Jan. 8, 1946, she married Raymond J. Vonfeldt in Walker. He preceded her in death on April 19, 1997. A long time Albert resident, she was a homemaker. She enjoyed making quilts and was a reading grandma at Albert Elementary School.
CLAFLIN - Mary Hoffman, 99, died Jan. 24, at Clara Barton Hospital Hoisington. Born Dec. 7, 1914, in Dubuque, she was the daughter of Venzel and Mary (Kvapil) Blazek. A lifelong area resident, she attended the Dubuque schools through the eighth grade. She worked as a cook for the Dubuque schools and later worked for Buehler's Grocery Store in Claflin. On May 12, 1936, she married John Hoffman in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on Oct. 24, 1978. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, crocheting, and spending time with her family.
PRATT - Howard Michael Schnittker (Brother Michael, C.Ss.R.), 76, died Jan. 20, at St. Clement Health Care Center in Liguori, Mo. from an injury sustained in a fall. He was born July 24, 1938, at Pratt the son of Joseph A. and Elsie A. (Glenn) Schnittker.
HAYS - Vickie J. Cole, 67, passed away Jan. 2 at Hays Medical Center. Born May 12, 1946, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Donald A. and Dorothy (Rinker) Bowsher Sr. On July 3, 1966, she married Tom O. Cole in Great Bend.
Marian Weathers, 87, died Jan. 22 at Rehabilitation Center of Independence in Independence, Mo. Born May 20, 1926, in Pawnee Rock, she was the daughter of William J. and Alvena Mary (Koehn) Mull. On June 2, 1946, she married Russell Kenneth Weathers in Great Bend. He died on Aug. 23, 2008. A lifetime resident of Great Bend and Pawnee Rock, moving to Independence, Mo., in 2009 to be closer to family, she was a homemaker.
RUSH CENTER - Helen L. Appel, 83, of rural Rush Center, passed away on Monday morning, Jan. 20, at Hays Medical Center. Born on June 22, 1930, in Hargrave, she was the daughter of Jacob and Mollie (Ickes) Reifschneider. In 1948, she graduated from La Crosse High School. On Nov. 18, 1948, she was united in marriage to Delmer D. "Bud" Appel in La Crosse A homemaker, Helen enjoyed gardening and taking care of her chickens, as well as cooking, baking, and sewing.
LARNED - James Francis Kaeberle, II, 61,died Jan. 19 at Hospice House of Reno County, Hutchinson. Born July 20, 1952 at El Dorado, he was the son of James Francis and Rosalyn Elizabeth (Snyder) Kaeberle.
Helen Lucille Sanders Hazen, 75, died Jan. 18 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Born Sept. 20, 1938 in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Clarence and Catherine (Clawson) Heckens. On Sept. 6, 1958 she married Leon F. Sanders in Great Bend. He died on Jan. 3, 1997. She then married Paul D. Hazen on Jan. 19, 2002 in Great Bend, He died on Dec. 20, 2012. A Great Bend resident since 1975, coming from Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah, she was a Deli Queen for Dillons until her retirement. She loved bingo, slot machines, and Kansas City ...
OTIS - Dennis Phillip Brack, 78, died Jan. 17, at his home in Laughlin, Nev. Born March 25, 1935, in Great Bend, he was the son of Lester A. and Frieda (Kaiser) Brack. He graduated from Otis High School and earned his Bachelor's Degree in engineering from Fort Hays State University. On Sept. 28, 1960, he married Victoria Lebsack in Wichita. After they were united in marriage, Dennis and Victoria moved to Huntington Beach, Calif. He was employed by National Cash Register, in Santa Anna, Calif. as an engineer until his retirement. He also kept a farm going in Otis ...
HOLYROOD - LaVerne Amber Yager, "Cuddy" to her friends, died on Jan. 17, in Lakewood, Colo. after living a rich and full life for over a century. The daughter of Charles and Lydia Hammon Waymire, LaVerne was born on Sept. 18, 1912 on a Kaw Indian farm near Kaw City, Okla. She attended a one room school taught by her sister Opal, graduated from Kaw City High School and then furthered her education at Hills Business College in Oklahoma City, Okla. She married Otis E. Yager July 6, 1933 in Kaw City, Okla. during the depths of the Great Depression and ...