CLAFLIN -- Elfrieda Addie Cecilia Lang Woydziak passed away Feb. 25, 2016, in Boulder, Colorado. She was born April, 11, 1917, south of Beaver, daughter of Robert and Anna (Reif) Lang. She was a Barton County resident all her life until July of 2014 when she moved to Boulder.
On Oct. 11, 1938, she married Edwin Woydziak at St. Joseph’s Church in Beaver. He preceded her in death on March 19, 1970. After living in Hitschmann for 31 years after his death, she moved to Claflin in 1978, where she resided for 13 years.
She was a member of Dubuque and Claflin Altar Societies, Christian Mothers, D of I for over 50 years, and a 4-H Leader. Elfrieda was a kind, generous, gracious, high-spirited, devout, and loving daughter, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She will be deeply missed by all her family and many, many friends. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, crocheting afghans, and making quilts for all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She took pride in cooking for the senior citizens of Claflin for many years. She travelled in every state in the United States, enjoyed several Caribbean and Hawaiian cruises, and travelled throughout many countries in Europe.
Her oldest daughter, Betty Woydziak Thompson, passed away on Dec. 10, 2003, and her son, Alan Woydziak, passed away June 28, 2014. Her son-in-law, Harold (Tom) Thompson passed away on Sept. 19, 2009. Survivors include daughter, Bonnie Woydziak Burkhart, and her husband, Jerry, of Boulder, Colorado; daughter-in-law, Beth Woydziak, of Morrison, Colorado; brother Marvin (Spank) Lang and wife, Sue, of Hays, Kansas; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by six brothers, Albert, William, August, Ernest, Vernon, and Edwin Lang, and three sisters, Susanna Redetzke, Viola Weber, and Frances Lang.
Wake services will be held at Immaculate Conception Church in Claflin from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, March 4, followed by a 7 p.m. Rosary at the Church. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, at Immaculate Conception Church, celebrated by Father Terrance Klein. Burial will be 2 p.m. March 5 at the St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Dubuque, Kan., following the meal at Claflin. Memorials suggested are Masses, donations to the Claflin Ambulance Fund, or Immaculate Conception Parish, in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home**
P.O. Box 146
Hoisington, KS 67544
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Feb. 28, 2016