Obituaries

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Mary Ann (Prester) Steinle (1937-2018)

Mary Ann (Prester) Steinle passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018, at Hillside Village of De Soto, Kan. at the age of 80. She was born April 7, 1937 in Russell to the late Fred and Elizabeth (Milberger) Prester. She grew up in the Dorrance area and was united in marriage to Leo David Steinle. They were blessed with four sons, Gary, Duane, Terry, and Bobby.

Thu
29
Mar

Alice Virginia (Ginny) Hulburt (1941-2018)

Alice Virginia (Ginny) Hulburt passed away peacefully March 7, 2018, surrounded by her sons and granddaughter.
Ginny was born May 12, 1941, in upstate New York and this is where her love of outdoors and animals began. She spent her time on the family farm with her sisters, Marian and Elizabeth, and learned her passion for hard work and being a “farm girl”. She started her dance career at the age of 6. While in New York, she studied and taught tap, ballet, and acrobatics for 15 years including Dance Master training. Performances and competitions included amateur and semi-professional performances. In the Miss Batavia Pageant she was first runner up and won the talent contest for her lively tap number. We all admired her courage, lack of fear and eagerness for the next adventure.

Thu
29
Mar

Jewell Lavon Erichsen (1929-2018)

 Jewell Lavon Erichsen
(1929-2018)

Mon
26
Mar

Jack A. Zvolanek

Jack A. Zvolanek, 91, passed away Sunday, March 25, 2018 in Ellsworth.
Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth is handling arrangements.
Condolences may be left at www.parsonsfh.com

Mon
26
Mar

Wanita Mae Kruse (1924-2018)

Wanita Mae Kruse, 93, passed away March 24, 2018 in Ellsworth. She was born Nov. 14, 1924, at home in rural Windom to Lester A. and Inez V. (Hulse) Myers. She attended Bee Hive grade school and graduated from Little River High School in 1943. After high school she attended McPherson College and received an Elementary Teaching Certificate. She taught at the rural schools of North Fork (Rice County) and Andover (McPherson County).  

On Nov. 3, 1946 she married Delmar Kruse at the Myers family farm. They made their home and raised a family in the Lorraine community where they farmed and ranched together for 65 years. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Lorraine, taught Sunday School and Bible School, was a Youth Leader, a member of King’s Daughters and the Flower Committee, a 4-H leader and active in her community.

Wanita was preceded in death by her husband, Delmar in 2011; and sister, Norma Fry Young.

Thu
22
Mar

Thomas Micheal Grounds (1940-2018)

Thomas Micheal Grounds of Wichita was born July 27, 1940 in Ellsworth County near Holyrood Kan. He passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at the age of 77.

Thu
22
Mar

Clarence R. Barta (1928-2018)

Clarence R. Barta passed away Friday, March 9, 2018, at Almost Home in Great Bend, Kan. at the age of 89. He was born on Sept. 2, 1928 on the family farm in Ellsworth County, Kan. near Wilson, to the late Oda and Eleanor (Svaty) Barta. Before finishing high school he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and served for three years.

After being honorably discharged from the Coast guard, he completed school and began working in the oil industry. On Oct. 18, 1954 he was united in marriage to Mary Podlena at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wilson. Together they lived in numerous Kansas towns, but spent most of their later life in Great Bend. Aside from his love of family, his greatest passion was playing cards. He was known for a life time of planting trees and saving stray animals. He attended St. Patrick Catholic Church in Great bend and was a lifetime member of the American Legion.

Mon
19
Mar

Bernadine P. Gray (1928-2018)

Bernadine P. Gray, 89, La Crosse, Kan., died Sunday, March 18, 2018, at Locust Grove Village, La Crosse.

Mrs. Gray was born July 29, 1928, in Ellsworth, Kan., the daughter of Edward and Ruth (Peters) Staeber.  She was a 7-year resident of Rush County, Kan., moving from Fredonia, Kan. A graduate of Lorraine High School, Lorraine, Kan., she was the head librarian at the Fredonia Public Library, Fredonia, before her retirement.

She was a member of the First Christian Church, Fredonia.

On Aug. 17, 1948, she married Ted Gray at the First Baptist Church, Lorraine. He preceded her in death May 4, 2009.

Survivors include: one son, James J. Gray, Topeka, Kan.; one daughter, Ruthanne Crawshaw (Ron), McCracken, Kan.; two grandchildren, Jeffrey Crawshaw (Billie), La Crosse, and Paula Greenway, WaKeeney, Kan.; three great-grandchildren, William Greenway (Theresa), Michael Greenway, and Stephanie Greenway; and one sister, Ann Seymour (Ed), Rochester, N.Y.

Mon
19
Mar

Donald J. Hunter (1931-2018)

Donald J. Hunter passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Wilson Care and Rehabilitation Center in Wilson, Kansas at the age of 86.
 He was born April 22, 1931 in Ellsworth County, Kan. to Harold and Harriete (Krupp) Hunter. He grew up in the Wilson area and graduated from Wilson High School with the Class of 1949. On Oct. 14, 1952 he was united in marriage to Eleanor Peirano at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wilson. They were blessed with a son, Roger.
Donald began driving a tractor at the age of 10 years old and never stopped until he was 82. Although he spent some time working in the oilfield, farming was truly his life. He did several odd jobs around town with carpentry work and other things, and even helped with the annual Czech Festival Parade, but his true passion was being on the farm, and working the land, usually raising wheat and milo. He was a member of the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church.

Fri
16
Mar

Helen F. Homeier (1921-2018)

Helen F. Homeier, 96, of Wilson, passed away March 14, 2018 in Ellsworth.

Helen was born Aug. 13, 1921 to William and Mildred (Vagua) Hunter in Ellsworth.

She is survived by son, Larry (Pam) Homeier of Salina; daughter, LaVonne (Claude) Shawley of Linwood; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

The funeral service is at 11 a.m. Monday, March 19 at the Immanual Lutheran Church in Wilson.

Memorials may be made to the Immanual Lutheran Church, in care of Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home, PO Box 533, Wilson, Kan. 67490.

Online condolences at www.plumeroverlease.com

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