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Elnita Ella Ehler Jezek

POSTED: July 2, 2013 7:00 a.m.

  Elnita Ella Ehler Jezek, 95, Holyrood, born May 31, 1918 in Barton County, Kan., the daughter of Herman and Elizabeth (Stoltenberg) Ehler, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in Ellsworth.
Elnita graduated from Holyrood Rural High School in 1935, valedictorian of the class. She received a degree in business administration from Kansas State University, Manhattan, in 1939. She worked as a General Motors accountant in Manhattan and Independence, Mo. until her marriage to Charles Jezek Jr. on Sept. 29, 1947. They lived in Holyrood, building a new home in 1948. They were active in Eastern Star and St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. Charles and Mr. and Mrs. Herman Ehler were killed in a car accident April 18, 1961.
Elnita was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority while attending college and the American Association of University Women following graduation, while living in Manhattan. She was a 50-plus year member of Eastern Star, past matron of Holyrood O.E.S. 420 and served as worthy grand matron of Kansas in 1966 and 1967, grand treasurer of Kansas O.E.S. for 21 years, and committee member of General Grand Chapter O.E.S. 1982-1985. She has always been active in the local and state Order of the Eastern Star. She served as president of the St. Paul’s UCC Guild in 1956-1957 where she had always been active as an elected officer or a committee member. She helped write the history of the church when the congregation celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1992. She served on the committee to gather material for the Ellsworth County Atlas in 1970, and in 1971, she was chairman of the committee that established five-year reunions for the Holyrood Rural High School graduates, a position she held for 10 years. She was a member of the Kansas State University President’s Club and served as trustee of the KSU Foundation for 12 years. In 1981, she established the Elnita Ehler Jezek Scholarship at KSU, an annual scholarship for students majoring in business administration, and in 1999, she established the Elizabeth and Herman Ehler Business Administration Scholarship at KSU in memory of her parents.
Elnita did a lot of traveling, which included North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia as well as a trip around the world in 1976. She also attended the Passion Play in Germany in 1980.
Elnita is survived by many relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Charles.
Visitation will be be from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, and from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Holyrood.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the church with Pastor Deborah Rains officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Golden Sheaf O.E.S. 226, Great Bend, or the church, c/o Parsons Funeral Home, PO Box 45, Ellsworth Kan. 67439.

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