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Fern Ochs Axman 1921 - 2016
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HOISINGTON — Fern Ochs Axman, 94, died Feb. 14, 2016, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Oct. 23, 1921, in La Crosse, she was the daughter of Chester Henry and Ollie V. (Butler) Crotinger. She graduated from Bison High School. On Oct. 5, 1941, she married Orland Ochs in Galatia. He died April 23, 1959. She then married Sylvester Axman on July 18, 1970, in Hoisington. He died July 26, 1970.
A longtime resident of Hoisington, moving to Great Bend in 1998, she was a homemaker and a seamstress. She loved to play bingo and cross-stich and knitted and crocheted hundreds of scrubbers, dish rags and baby blankets for family and friends. She was also a big fan of WWE Wrestling and Royals Baseball.
Mrs. Axman was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Hoisington and the V.F.W. Auxiliary No. 7428.  
Survivors include a son, Orland Ochs Jr. of Hoisington; two daughters, Charlotte Schneider and husband Ron of Great Bend, and Linda Bartonek and husband Alan of Salina; six grandchildren, Scott Long and wife Sharron, Mike Long and wife Dana, Shannon Schneider and wife Orleny, Charla Peterman, Dan Bartonek, and Lynae Curtis and husband Greg; 13 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; a daughter, Margaret Long; four brothers, John, Clarence, Alvin, and Ned Crotinger; an infant sister, Maritta Crotinger; and two other sisters, Ruthette Hursch, and Beth Schneider.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, with the Rev. Canon Phyllis Flory and Father Ultan Murphy presiding. Burial will follow in the Otis Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or Hands of Hope Rescue, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at

Funeral arrangements provided by
Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home#
P.O. Box 146
Hoisington, KS 67544
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Feb. 17, 2016