Diana Elizabeth Sanders, 73, died unexpectedly July 8, 2017, at her rural Great Bend residence. She was born Aug. 29, 1943, at Great Bend, the daughter of George Joseph and Luella Pauline (Burhenn) Schwager. She married Robert LeRoy Sanders July 7, 1962, at Great Bend. A lifetime Great Bend resident, Mrs. Sanders was a homemaker, property manager and sales professional. She currently was employed by Great Bend Appliance and Furniture.
Mrs. Sanders was a member of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Altar Society, and Social Circle Club. She was a former Cub Scout, Girl Scout, and Campfire Girls Troop leader. She was a PBB, who gathered monthly. Her proudest accomplishments were centered around her family, both immediate and extended, always being there to offer her support in whatever endeavor they would try. She also loved hosting family and friends at home and was an exceptional cook and an avid reader, always trying new recipes or making up her own.
Survivors include her husband, Robert LeRoy Sanders, of the home; three sons, Robert E. Sanders and his wife Cindy of Enid, Okla., Kenneth G. Sanders and his wife Misty of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Matthew J. Sanders and his wife Stacy of Great Bend; one daughter: Gwendolyn S. Maris and her husband Brett of Trenton, Neb.; four brothers, Raymond Schwager and his wife Donita of Hays, Roger Schwager of Great Bend, Ricky Schwager of Great Bend, and Ronald Schwager and his wife Michelle of Hoisington; two sisters, Jeanette Soper of Great Bend, and Shirley Headley of Albert; 12 grandchildren, Rebecca Smith, Christina Deason, Julian Shuey, Jordin Scott, Lexi Maris, Dalton Shuey, Christian Zamora, Sebastian Zamora, Ivan Zamora, Cole Sanders, Paige Sanders and Dayna Sanders; 10 great-grandchildren, Leslie Sanders, Jadyn Smith, Aidyn Sanders, Shelbie Deason, Aaron Deason, Breckyn Scott, Greyson Scott, Averi Robinson, Viktoria Shuey and Leviathan Shuey; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by one brother, Robert George Schwager; one great-grandson, Nicholas Smith; one nephew, Jerry Emerson; one niece, Lisa Woods, and one sister-in-law, Margaret Smith.
Altar Society Rosary will be at 4 p.m. and Vigil Service will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 12, at Bryant Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 13, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Great Bend with Father Ted Stoecklein celebrating. Burial will be in Great Bend Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, July 12, at Bryant Funeral Home. Memorials have been established with Boy Scout Troop 184, in care of Bryant Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net
Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home**
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS. 67530
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, July 11, 2017