MISSION VIEJO, CALIF. - Eleanor Kaiser, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away Nov. 21 in Mission Viejo, Calif. She was 88 years old. Eleanor was born March 11, 1922, on a farm near Kenmare, N.D., the daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Rud) Engeberg.
DORRANCE - Leonard H. Major, 84, of Dorrance, died Dec. 4 at Hays Medical Center. Born April 12, 1926, on the family farm in Dorrance, he was the son of Henry J. and Marie (Schultz) Major. He grew up and spent all of his life in the Dorrance area. He attended local schools and graduated from Dorrance High School in 1943. He met, fell in love and married Fern L. Steward on June 4, 1950 at the First Lutheran Church in Dorrance. From this union, they were blessed with four children, Ron, Steve, Deb and Teresa. His beloved Fern preceded him ...
Helen Marie Weese, 80, died Dec. 3, 2010 at her Great Bend, Kansas, home. She was born June 2, 1930, at Pratt, the daughter of Lee and Mabel (Kilgore) Miller. She Married Calvin Levi Weese Oct. 24, 1948 at Pratt. He died Oct. 22, 2002. A Great Bend resident since 1955 coming from Pratt. Mrs. Weese was a Certified Medical Aide for 32 years at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Great Bend.
ERIE - William E. "Bill" George, 92, longtime Erie resident, died Dec. 2 in the emergency room of Labette Health in Parsons. He was born Jan. 24, 1918, in Erie, to Fred and Edith (Heady) George. He graduated from Erie High School in 1937, from Parsons Junior College in 1941 and from Pittsburg State University in 1941.
LARNED - Mary Elizabeth Hewson, 88, died unexpectedly at home in rural Larned, on Nov. 30. She was born on November 5, 1922 in Larned. She attended Larned schools and graduated in 1940 from Larned High School. She was a 1948 graduate of Kansas State University with a dual degree in secondary education and psychology.
Donald W. "Don" Shorock, 66, died Dec. 2, 2010 at his Great Bend home. He was born June 7, 1944 at Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of Walter and Isobel (McCutcheon) Shorock. He married Nora Jean Doubek July 4, 1976 at Pratt. She survives. A Great Bend resident since 1977, coming from Cunningham, Mr. Shorock was an employment specialist for the state of Kansas. He had also been a social studies teacher and news director at KVGB. He was a member of Noon Lions and was Zone Chairman. He was also a member of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Lawrence ...
Dixie L. Link, 78, died Dec. 2 at Clare Bridge Assisted Living in Wichita. Born Aug. 5, 1932 in Hutchinson, she was the daughter of Lester Simpson and Bessie Erdman. She was a Wichita resident for the past two years, formerly of Salina, Hays, Plainville and Henderson, Nev. and Stillwater, Okla.
HUTCHINSON - Marcella Angeline Stitt, 94, died Nov. 28 at Wesley Towers in Hutchinson. Born Aug. 23, 1916, in Mitchell, in Rice County, she was the daughter of Fred Nodurft and Grace Troyer Nodurft. She graduated from Sterling College and received her master's degree in Latin from the University of Kansas. On Dec. 23, 1938, she married Sam C. Stitt Jr. in Topeka. He died April 3, 1991. A resident of Hutchinson since 2001, formerly of Lyons, Ellinwood, Leroy and Sterling, she returned to Kansas after World War II. She was a Latin teacher at Ellinwood High School for 20 ...
TOPEKA -Robert Edward Lee, 66, Topeka, died Nov. 30. Bob was born June 10, 1944, in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada, the son of Schubert and Loreen Martin Lee. He graduated from Hayden High School in 1962. He was employed by Kansas Gas Service Co., was a car salesman, an auctioneer, worked for Famous Brands and was an Auburn-Washburn school bus driver. Bob was an avid athlete. He played softball for many years and loved to play golf. He had a special place in his heart for his animals.
LARNED - Miranda Ida Gilliland, 20, of Larned, died Nov. 26 at Via Christi Medical Center's St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.
LARNED - Mary Elizabeth Hewson, 88, died Nov. 30 at her home in rural Larned.
Cora Hause, 66, died Nov. 28 at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend. She was born April 1, 1944, at Belfast, Ireland, the daughter of John and Sadie (Craig) Jennix. She married Floyd Elmer Bowman on June 4, 1971, at Wintergreen, Calif. He died Jan. 29, 1998. She married Clyde Hause in 2005 at Great Bend. A Great Bend resident since 1974, coming from Missouri, she worked for Fuller Brush and Great Bend Packing.
LARNED - Blanche Mary Fern Courtney, 94, died Nov. 28 at her daughter's home in Sumter, S.C. She was born Dec. 20, 1915, in Franklin County, the youngest child of Charles and Clara Curtis Adams. A former resident of Larned, moving from Gove in 1956, she retired in 1978 from Larned State Hospital where she was a psychiatric aide. She completed a year of college at Emporia State Teachers College and then taught school in western Kansas.
Orval Otte, 97, died Nov. 30 at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend. Born Sept. 13, 1913, at Great Bend, he was the son of W.C. and Georgia Mae (Miller) Otte. He married Helen Genevieve Taylor on Aug. 16, 1936, at Great Bend. She died April 17, 1970. He married Edra Mae (Brown) Hudnall on Oct. 29, 1971, at Great Bend. She died Sept. 8, 2007. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a farmer and stockman.
HOISINGTON - Phillip D. Chapman, 70, died Nov. 28 at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. He was born Dec. 17, 1939, at Crescent, Okla., the son of Oras Virgil and Cecil (Tabler) Chapman. He was a resident of Hoisington for 65 years, moving from Crescent, Okla.
Ellen Nadine Bittner, 81, died Feb. 23, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending with Morell Funeral Home in Larned.
Evelyn Anna Hochstatter, 96, died Feb. 22 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center, Great Bend. Born Feb. 25, 1917 at Holyrood, she was the daughter of John and Katie A. (Schmitt) Ehler.
Doris J. Nitzel, 86 years, longtime Great Bend resident, passed away on Thursday evening, Feb. 20, 2014 at the Great Bend Regional Hospital in Great Bend after a brief illness. Doris was born on Oct. 21, 1927 at Fairbury, Neb. to Moses G. and Grace (Eilts) Williams. She graduated from Endicott High School at Endicott, Neb. in 1946, and was united in marriage to Robert Dale Nitzel on Feb. 9, 1947 at Endicott. Doris was an Accounting Clerk for various businesses for many years prior to her retirement. She was an active volunteer for RSVP, and delivered Meals On Wheels ...
TRES PIEDRAS, N.M. - Carl Don Nicholas Bradley, Sr., 65, died Feb. 20 at his ranch in Olmitz, Kans. Born Dec. 6, 1948 at Santa Fe, N.M., he was the son of John Carver and Winifred (Wright) Bradley.
OLATHE - Jerad Lee Bickford, 24, died Feb. 19. Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Olathe. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the church. To view the full obituary and to leave a message for the family, visit www.PenwellGabelOlathe.com.