Melva Marie Kaufman Boxberger (1926-2018)

Melva Marie Kaufman Boxberger, age 92, died Friday, July 13, 2018. She was born on the family farm, southwest of Wilson in Russell County, Kansas to Carl and Minnie (Borell) Heinze on April 4, 1926 during a snow storm on Easter Sunday. She was brought to the house of God on May 2, 1926 for baptism at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wilson. Her sponsors were Marie Heinze and Edwin Borell. She remained a faithful member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wilson. She was confirmed May 29, 1939 by her uncle, The Reverend William J. Lind at Immanuel Church in Wilson.

On Sept. 23, 1944, she was united in marriage to Lloyd K. Kaufman at Immanuel Church in Wilson. They made their home on the farm five miles south of Bunker Hill until 1995 when she moved to Wilson after the death of her husband July 16, 1995. She maintained the family home and was involved in the many activities of a farm life.

Four daughters were born to this union, Sharilyn Joleen, Carla June, LeAnne Fay and Brenda Gayle. On April 7, 2000 she was united in marriage to Frederick Boxberger at the Lutheran Church in Wilson. They lived on the Boxberger family farm. In November 2012, Fred and Melva moved to the assisted living in Russell.  In July 2017, due to her failing health, she moved to Main Street Manor at the Russell Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Minnie Heinze, husbands, Lloyd Kaufman and Frederick Boxberger, sister, Elvera Goad, and sons-in-law, Melvin Frimmel and Tom Soukup.

She is survived by four daughters, Sharilyn (Donnie) Wilhelm, Carla Soukup, LeAnne (Frank) Hlaus, and Brenda (Wes) Buehler; grandchildren, Craig (Diane) Frimmel, Troy (Stacey) Frimmel, Heather (Chadd) Stevenson, and Justin (Katlyn) Hlaus; great-grandchildren, Cole Frimmel, Trenton (Diana) Frimmel, Jacob and Kendall Hlaus, and Hadley Paige Stevenson; four step-great-grandchildren, Adam, Rosemary, Elizabeth and Carolyn; great-great grandchild, Paxton Frimmel;  three step-great-great grandchildren, Zoe, Haydon and Lynkon; sister, Ellen Hanzlicek; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 16, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wilson.  Interment followed in the Wilson City Cemetery.  

Memorials are suggested to the Immanuel Lutheran Church and may be sent in care of Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home, Box 533, Wilson, Kan. 67490.  

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