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.
LoRee Frances Irwin 1915-2011
HOISINGTON - Howard V. Whithorn, 92, died Dec. 1 at Harry Hynes Hospice, Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born Oct. 6, 1919 in Hutchinson, he was the son of Virgil and Almeda (Wallace) Whithorn. On Dec. 4, 1959 he married Doris A. Turner in Kingman. A resident of Hoisington since 1962, he was the retired owner/operator for Peerless Pest Control in Hoisington.
Rosella A. "Rosie Dozie" Smith, 98, of Great Bend, died Nov. 28 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood.
OTIS - Norman W. Stieben, 93, died Nov. 29 at his home in Otis. Born Oct. 24, 1918, in Brownell, he was the son of Fred and Julia (Schlegel) Stieben. In 1938, he graduated from Otis Rural High School. He was a lifelong resident of Otis.
HOISINGTON - Howard Virgil Whithorn, 92, died Dec. 1 at Harry Hynes Hospice, Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
DORRANCE - Vernon Lamatsch, 74, died Nov. 29, 2011 at the Ellsworth County Medical Center.
OTIS - Norman W. Stieben, 93, died Nov. 29, 2011 at his home in Otis.
HOISINGTON - Elizabeth A. Pivonka, 82, died Nov. 29, 2011 at Country Place Senior Living in Hoisington.
BURDETT - Fern I. Rodebaugh, 91, died Nov. 28 at Derby.
GREAT BEND - Rosella A. "Rosie Dozie" Smith, 98, died Nov. 28 at Woodhaven are Center in Ellinwood. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road.
HOISINGTON - Elizabeth A. Pivonka, 82, died Nov. 29 at Country Place Senior Living in Hoisington. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
ELLINWOOD - Doris A. Starkey, 92, died Nov. 16 at Ellinwood District Hospital. Born Oct. 20, 1919 in Burlington, she was the daughter of William L. Graybeal and Mary Ann Finney Graybeal. An Ellinwood resident for nearly 50 years, formerly of Houston, Texas and Burlington, she was a bank teller and secretary.
Delores Ann Zachary, 55, longtime Great Bend resident, died on Nov. 28 at her home in Great Bend. Born on Jan. 6, 1956 at Ellinwood, she was the daughter of Leslie and Margaret (Dueser) Music. She graduated from Barton County Community College in Great Bend. She worked at the Safeway grocery store in Great Bend, and at the time of her death worked was a waitress at the Pizza Hut on north Main Street in Great Bend, where she had been employed for many years.
SALIDA, Colo. - Mary Ann Mausolf, 93, died Feb. 10, at Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida, Colo. Born March 17, 1920, in Lindsborg, she was the daughter of Martin and Julia (Spitzka) Paulus.
LA CROSSE - Mary A. Engel, 73, died July 20 at her home. Born Jan. 6, 1941 at Hays, she was the daughter of Joseph H. and Albina (Billinger) Orth.
Christopher James Thomas, 48, died July 20, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born June 8, 1966, in Junction City, he was the son of Timothy and Carol (Breault) Thomas. A lifetime resident of Great Bend and Hoisington, he was a self-employed computer repairman.
Gwen G. Schroeder, 72, died July 20, in Great Bend. Born Oct. 15, 1941, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of H. Martin and Bernice Lucille (Davis) Glenn. She was a graduate of Ellinwood Rural High School and Adela Hale School of Business. A resident of Great Bend since 2005, moving from Overland Park, she was retired. On Aug. 6, 1966, she married Arlen C. Schroeder in Kansas City.
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. - Robert Norman Alpers, 79, died May 31, in Hendersonville, N.C. A service will be held at Peace Church, 492 NE 140th Street, in Hudson, at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 25, with burial to follow. After the burial, family and friends are invited to a meal at Wheatland Café for visiting and reminiscing.
Marie L. Sisk 1911 - 2014
CLAFLIN - Marian "Ann" Bahr, 86, died July 16, 2014 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
SHAWNEE - Carolyn L. Heinz, 72, of Shawnee, passed away July 15, 2014.
LARNED - Eleanor M. Adams, 90, died July 14, 2014.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Leonard Loraine Mullenix, 94, died July 13 at his home in Las Cruces, N.M. He was born Dec. 9, 1919 at Chase, the son of George and Lola (Fuson) Mullenix.